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 the conductor of the Kadima Senior and Conservatory Philharmonics, assistant conductor of the Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale, assistant conductor of the CSU Channel Islands Choir, music director of the Pleasant Valley School District Chorus, and music director of the Temple Ner Ami Choir.
Daniel received a Master of Music in Sacred Music and Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.
Daniel has sung with Andrea Bocelli, Natalie Cole, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, and David Foster at the Nokia Theatre, Capitol Records, and Paramount Pictures.
His choral work, Emunah, will be premiered by the Torrance Civic Chorale this winter, and his award-winning choral arrangement of Jerusalem of Gold will be performed by the USC Thornton University Chorus this spring. Daniel will be touring as the assistant conductor of the Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale in Canada this summer. Daniel is also serving as an assistant to Nir Kabaretti, music director of the Santa Barbara Symphony, in their season opening concert of Mozart's Jupiter Symphony and Requiem.
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.