“With acclaimed faculty, national and international concert tours, and appearances at Carnegie Hall, the Southern California Children’s Chorus is well on its way to world-class performance status”
Indianapolis Children’s Choir
Director, Concert Chorus
Lori Loftus is a dynamic and familiar figure in the music world. Having received her education at California State University, Fullerton, she has conducted and worked under some of the most noted batons in the world. These include such musicians as Dr. Howard Swan, Helmuth Rilling, Dr. Harold Dekker, Zubin Metah, Carl Guillini, John Alexander, Dr. William Hall, Dr. Doreen Rao and Carl St. Clair.
Lori and her husband John, founded the Southern California Children’s Chorus (SCCC), in 1996 as a means to enhance children’s lives through choral music education and world class performance. Mrs. Loftus is also a pianist and organist, and frequently performs with the Pacific Symphony, the Pacific Chorale, and has held church positions all over Southern California. Lori has been honored to play at the Sydney Opera House, and also on many great organs throughout Europe.
Her abilities and excitement for children have taken her around the world, conducting performances and leading workshops. Children are her passion.
In March, 2007, Lori received the ‘Outstanding Alumni Award for Excellence in Choral Music’ from her alma mater, California State University at Fullerton.
“Miss Lori” continues to bring intense and quality education to hundreds of young singers. Many of her students and graduates attend fine Universities throughout the nation and are giving back to the world of art and music.
Lori’s musical schedule includes overseeing six choruses in SCCC, preparing them for TV work, movie scores, operas, cantatas, ballets and local performances for the community.
A deep love for people and for music fuel Lori’s success in many other areas of her life. With three children out of the nest, Lori resides with her husband John in Newport Beach with an entertaining cat and their tropical fish. They are the proud grandparents of three little girls. Lori's favorite moments are when she is working with children, performing music, enjoying her family or playing a fine round of golf. She was very honored to have conducted over 300 children from around the US on June 26 on the stage of Carnegie Hall with Distinguished Concerts International New York.
Director, Advanced Chorus
Carol Aspling has been with the SCCC since its inception in 1996, first teaching Apprentice, then Intermediate and currently the Advanced Chorus. The Advanced Chorus has performed major works including Handel's “Judas Maccabeus”, John Rutter's “Mass of the Children”, and performs with the Long Beach Symphony for the Annual Holiday Concert.
Carol also serves on the faculty of Biola University where she conducts the Women’s Chorus. She is also working as a vocal coach with the students from the Women’s Ensemble and Honor Choir at Orange Lutheran High School.
Mrs. Aspling holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Biola University, receiving the Outstanding Music Education Student Award. For over 16 years, she was the Director of Music Education, grades K-12 at the Crystal Cathedral and Academy, conducting the C.C.A. Chorus, numerous choirs and supervising all other music activities. Her Cathedral choirs performed internationally on the Hour of Power, including a performance of Faure's Requiem with the Vancouver Symphony and Britten's War Requiem with the UCLA Chorale. The C.C.A. Chorus also performed in Carnegie Hall, the Grand Ole Opry House, and Rockefeller Chapel at the University of Chicago.
Carol is a frequent clinician and presents workshops throughout California. She is a voice teacher and has also studied conducting with Dr. Doreen Rao. Mrs. Aspling is certified in the Kodaly Method of Music Education and she maintains active memberships in the American Choral Directors Association and the Southern California Vocal Association.
Carol resides in Orange with her husband David, and son, Jacob. Miss Carol is extremely grateful that her son has enjoyed 8 years with the SCCC.
Director, Intermediate Chorus
Betsy Olson has been teaching music for over 30 years. After graduating from California State University at Long Beach, Betsy taught flute and piano in her private studio for the next 14 years. She has been a music teacher in the La Habra City School District since 1993. Her efforts in teaching music in La Habra earned her the La Habra Masonic Lodge Outstanding Educator Award in 2000, again in 2003 for organizing the Annual La Habra Middle School Chorus Invitational, and in 2010 for her "Get La Habra Singing Project". The Orange County Teacher’s Federal Credit Union honored her with the Educator’s First Award in 2004, and she was featured on their website as a “Hero in Education” the following year.
She is Kodály trained and has completed her Master's of Music Education at CSU Fullerton where she mentors future music teachers and is a current adjunct faculty member. Betsy uses her expertise as a reviewer in the Visual and Performing Arts Framework for the California Learning Resource Network website for the California Department of Education. She often presents at workshops and conferences and serves as guest clinician at area festivals. Last year the Orange County Music and Arts Administrators honored Betsy as 2010 Outstanding Arts Educator in Elementary/Vocal Music. Betsy and her husband, Bob, live in La Habra and have four daughters, three sons-in-law, four beautiful granddaughters and two sweet grandsons.
Director, Apprentice Chorus
Susan Gerling graduated with honors from California State University , Fullerton . She holds a Master of Music in Music Education from Silver Lake College in Wisconsin . Mrs. Gerling is certified by the Organization of American Kodaly Educators, and has additional education in early childhood music, Orff, and Dalcroze.
Her professional work experiences include directing children’s church choirs, teaching chorus and general music in both private and public schools, and serving as the founding director of a large community music school. She has presented workshops and served as guest conductor in area festivals.
At the present time she is employed by the Capistrano Unified School District , teaching elementary music education classes. At the First Presbyterian Church in Oceanside , she directs the “Angelicus Children’s Choir” and is employed as soprano section leader. She has taught graduate level music education classes at the University of San Diego and the University of Southern California .
Susan has two beautiful daughters, two charming son-in-laws, and one adorable baby grandson. She and her husband, who is also the chorus accompanist, love entertaining in their Oceanside beach house. Both of them feel that spending Tuesday afternoons with the SCCC children is the best part of their week.
Director, Kinder Chorus
and Primary Chorus
Jerome Healy has been the Director of our Kinder Chorus and Primary Chorus since they were formed in September of 1998. Mr. Healy is also an elementary music teacher in the Capistrano Unified School District where he has taught grades kindergarten through sixth since 1991. In the spring of 2007 school district honored him as the 2007 Teacher of the Year for the Capistrano Unified Elementary Music staff. In May 2001, Mr. Healy received county wide honors as the Orange County Music and Arts Administrator’s 2001 Outstanding Arts Educator in Elementary Vocal/General Music. He also serves as a mentor teacher for Capistrano Unified and has been a regular clinician for the Professional Development Academy instructing other teachers within the district. He has also been privileged to instruct teachers from throughout the state of California in classroom music for Orange County’s Early Intervention for School Success (E.I.S.S.) certification program. Mr. Healy is a graduate of California State University, Northridge where he earned his Bachelor of Arts and California Teaching Credential in music. Following graduation, Mr. Healy completed three levels of his Kodaly certification at the California State University, Los Angeles. Mr. Healy resides with his wife, Theresa, in Mission Viejo where they are raising their five children Chris, Amanda, Emily, Tim, and Tom.