The Pleasant Valley School District (PVSD) Chorus is an after-school program for elementary and middle school students in the Pleasant Valley School District. Students rehearse once a week throughout the school year, with many performance opportunities that may include an on-campus concert of the semester’s repertoire for friends and family; holiday caroling; the Camarillo Christmas Parade; and the Daniel Pearl World Music Days Festival sponsored by the Boys & Girls Club in Camarillo.
Instructors: Daniel Newman-Lessler, Jonas Lee
Daniel Newman-Lessler is a “fluid and poetic conductor,” says USC Thornton Keyboard Department Chair Alan Smith and “a pianist of great originality, intensity, and skill,” says world renowned pianist Daniel Pollack. Teachers, students, and parents of students describe him as an engaging, gentle, and inspiring teacher and accompanist.
He has performed as a Rising Star at the Ventura County Music Festival and repeatedly as a concerto soloist with the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic. He has many accolades to his credit including winning the Anne George and Bernice Bernard Scholarship Competitions, the SYMF and the MTAC State Concerto Competitions, and the State Certificate of Merit Panel Competition.
He teaches piano from his private studio in Somis and contributes to the community performing for benefit events such as the Shoah Foundation’s Ambassadors for Humanity Gala and the Daniel Pearl World Music Days Festival. In 2015, he conducted eleven performances of West Side Story at the Rubicon Theater. He is the conductor of the Kadima Conservatory Senior Philharmonic and serves as the assistant conductor and accompanist for the Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale. He is also the pianist for the Singer Chamber Players.
Daniel Newman-Lessler graduated magna cum laude from the USC Thornton School of Music with a bachelor of music degree in piano performance with emphases in composition and conducting. He is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Musical Honors Society and the student organization Remedy through Music that provides musical therapy in hospitals and retirement homes in downtown Los Angeles. He is currently pursuing a master of music degree in sacred music at the USC Thornton School of Music.
Jonas Erasmus Lee is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, director, studio engineer, vocal coach, band leader and teacher. He teaches private lessons in vocals, guitar, and piano as well as is a choir teacher for PVSD, an electives teacher for IVY Tech and the Performing Arts assistant at CSUCI. He is currently finishing a double major in sociology and music at CSUCI.