"Home": A Postcard from UCSB Choirs

Event Date: 

Monday, December 7, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Event Date Details: 

YouTube Premiere link:

Event Location: 

  • Virtual Event

Event Price: 

Free and open to the public

Event Contact: 

Adriane Cleary
Marketing and Communications Manager
UC Santa Barbara Department of Music
Dr. Nicole Lamartine
Dr. Nicole Lamartine
The UCSB Choirs will present a virtual offering, titled '"Home": A Postcard from UCSB Choirs,' with the UCSB Chamber Choir and Lumina (formerly the UCSB Women's Chorus) on Monday, December 7, 2020 at 6 pm as a YouTube Premiere via the Department of Music’s YouTube channel. Dr. Nicole Lamartine, the UC Santa Barbara Sorensen Director of Choral Music, will create a program of singing, poetry, and visuals representing the idea of what "home" means to us in this tumultuous time. By including music from a wide array of cultures around the world, the UCSB Choirs strive to offer a sense of belonging to all through their culture of singing. The UCSB Chamber Choir will be led by Dr. Nicole Lamartine and Lumina will be conducted by David Torres, a Doctor of Musical Arts student in Choral Conducting.
YouTube Premiere link: youtu.be/_Dx4hn5O0vU
Virtual "chat back" with UCSB Chamber Choir
Please join the UCSB Chamber Choir via Zoom for a virtual "chat back" following the premiere. Join the "chat back" here.
This event has been made possible in part by a Collaborative Instruction in the Virtual Classroom grant from the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center.

About the Artists

Nicole Lamartine

Nicole Lamartine strives in every musical experience to illuminate meaning and impact of the commonalities of being human. She is passionate about creating innovative, engaging, diverse, and meaningful choral performances for ensemble members and audiences alike. As the Sorensen Director of Choral Music at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Dr. Lamartine conducts the flagship choir, UCSB Chamber Choir, integrates relevancy into graduate choral studies at the MM and DMA levels for 21st century conductors, and teaches studio conducting and voice.
As a clinician and guest conductor of three international honor choirs and nine All-State choirs, Dr. Lamartine seeks to positively impact the next generation of choral musicians all over the world. An avid champion for music education, she has headlined music conferences in the US and Hong Kong and is a recognized expert in females conducting male choirs, rehearsal technique, and anatomy and movement for conductors. Her YouTube channel, “The Choral Eye,” contains self-produced videos written as a resource for choral musicians and educators. Dr. Lamartine has had abundant opportunity to commission and premiere new works from leading composers. It is imperative to bring the experience to her students of bringing a new piece to life under the guidance of the living composer.
She conducts Chor Anno (Washington) providing choral music educators in the NW a creative outlet for ensemble singing. An active performer, she has sung professionally with Conspirare, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and Colorado Bach Ensemble.
As a voice teacher committed to building marketable skill, Dr. Lamartine’s students have been admitted to prestigious doctoral programs and sung on stages in Europe and the US. She is an active vocal adjudicator and has given masterclasses across the US.
Prior to joining the UCSB faculty, from 2008-2020 Dr. Lamartine was Professor and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Wyoming where her choirs were honored to sing at several national and regional conferences and where she won the University of Wyoming’s highest teaching award, the Ellbogen Award for Meritorious Classroom Teaching.
In service to the profession, Dr. Lamartine has served the American Choral Directors Association as President of the Northwestern region. She holds world, national, and state records in powerlifting, demonstrating that creativity is intertwined with strength of body and mind.

David Torres

David Torres brings twelve years’ experience to the podium. His vocal and instrumental ensembles have appeared in California, Idaho, Washington, and Utah and have been heard worldwide through PBS broadcasts and internationally televised events for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. David currently conducts the elite Vocal Affinity which was recently featured at the NWACDA Regional Conference in 2020. He has a passion for teaching, for creating soul-impacting music, and for pursuing the highest levels of excellence. David is greatly looking forward to his doctoral studies with Dr. Nicole Lamartine, and working toward a long career in collegiate choral music and hopes to mentor future conductors.


Dr. Nicole Lamartine