Valley Youth Chorus Faculty

Amy Rolniak

Music Director
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Amy Rolniak earned her Bachelor of Music with a teaching certificate from the University of Iowa and her Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Arizona.

At both universities, she was very active as an opera singer and sang in the top choral ensembles. She has been teaching Middle and High School Choruses for over 11 years, most recently at Viewpoint School in Calabasas, California.

There Amy conducted numerous choral ensembles, got outstanding marks at Heritage Festival, and was the vocal director for over 14 musical theater productions.

Currently teaching at CHAMPS charter high school for the arts, Amy brings to the SFVYC an extensive background in vocal technique, a strong knowledge of choral literature of all genres, and a love of teaching students through music.

Amy is an avid sports fan, mostly collegiate basketball and football, and any level of baseball. She loves all genres of music and if you don’t believe her just take a peek at her iTunes playlist. She is a true Iowan and cherishes her midwestern roots. She reconnected with and married her high school sweetheart and together they have four children and a dog.

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.