Lisa Friedrichs is in her twentieth year as Choral Director at Rancho Bernardo High School and has been instrumental in developing a nationally renowned choral program. Her experience ranges from educating in high schools to the college level and from church music to professional choral organizations. Her choirs have consistently received superior ratings from adjudicators around the country.
Ms. Friedrichs received the Bachelor of Music degree with honors in Vocal Performance from San Diego State University and completed the Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting at California State University Los Angeles under the tutelage of Donald Brinegar and Dr. William Belan in December 2010. As a vocalist, Ms. Friedrichs has performed with and served numerous organizations including the San Diego Symphony, San Diego Opera, La Jolla Symphony Chorus and Starlight Musical Theater. Lisa also served as the Alto Soloist and Assistant Conductor at First United Methodist Church San Diego under the direction of Robert Cooper.
From 2000 to 2003 Ms. Friedrichs was the alto coach at the Idyllwild Summer Arts camp. In the fall of 2004, Ms. Friedrichs conducted the North Coast Chorale at Mira Costa College in Oceanside. Ms. Friedrichs also conducted the California State University San Marcos Chorale from 2012 – 2014. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Crystal Apple Award and the Palomar College Apple Award. Ms. Friedrichs also served as Minister of Music for La Jolla United Methodist Church from September 2007 through January 2009.
A respected pianist and teacher, Paul Holtz has worked as a professional musician in the San Diego area for over 20 years. Paul has extensive experience as a freelance musician, whether performing in a small group, in a big band, or as a solo pianist. Since 1999, Paul has directed his own jazz group, The Paul Holtz Trio. The trio performs for a broad range of events, from weddings and private parties to business lunches and corporate seminars. Although primarily a jazz pianist, Paul holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Classical Piano Performance in addition to his Master of Music Degree in Jazz Piano Performance. As an educator, Paul teaches private students at his home in Escondido.