Valley Youth Chorus Faculty

Sean Carney

Music Director


Sean Carney is an educator/vocalist/songwriter originally from Los Angeles. Sean is in his 3rd year teaching general music through Education Through Music Los Angeles (ETM-LA) at Ingenium Charter Elementary School. At Western Michigan University, where Sean earned his BA in Music Education with a Choral Emphasis, he was awarded multiple downbeat awards through his work as a vocalist and section leader in the internationally renowned Vocal Jazz Ensemble “Gold Company”. Sean has completed levels I and II of the Kodály certification course and regularly studies new music methods to incorporate in the classroom.

 
As a performer, Sean has toured the world many times over as a vocalist in the all-male a cappella quartet “Uncommon Ground” and played guitar for Persian Pop Singer, Mansour. Sean currently plays for the band “WØLVES” managed by Howie Rosen. As a solo artist, he released his debut album “Constellation” in 2016. More on Sean can be found at www.seancarneymusic.com.

 

Cristopher Monarch

Principal Accompanist

Pianist Cris Monarch began his studies at the age of five. Music has always been a driving force and source of inspiration in his life. Throughout his youth, he performed in numerous recitals and competitions, accompanied a variety of soloists as well as musical theatre, served as church organist for services and weddings, gaining invaluable experience at a young age along the way.

Cris earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the University of California at San Diego, studying with acclaimed pianist Aleck Karis. At UCSD, he performed as soloist and with a wide array of chamber ensembles, studied theory and composition, and had the privilege of participating in rare performances of Erik Satie’s Vexations and Frederic Rzewski’s Coming Together.

During this period, Cris served as Music Director and pianist for the California Children’s Theatre Network under Artistic Director Alex Urban, with shows staged in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, as well as a two-week run of Grease in Moscow at the Moscow State University Theater.

Upon graduation, Cris moved to New York City where he earned his M.A. in Piano Performance at the Aaron Copland Conservatory of Music at Queens College of the City University of New York, studying with master instructor William Daghlian and pianist Gerald Robbins.

Cris focused on both solo piano as well as composition and accompanying, playing with an extensive range of vocalists, instrumentalists, chamber groups and orchestra.

Cris currently resides in Los Angeles, where he is a staff accompanist for the Music and Theater Department at The Viewpoint School in Calabasas, is a choir accompanist at CHAMPS Charter High School of the Arts in Van Nuys, and is the principal accompanist for the San Fernando Valley Youth Chorus.

San Fernando Valley Youth Chorus: The San Fernando Valley’s children’s choir since 1992.