Our Voice Instructors
Jonathan Lacayo (voice, piano, guitar)
Jonathan, a lyric tenor and San Diego native, studied vocal performance (B.A.) under Dr. John Craig Johnson and vocal coach Ines Irawati at Point Loma Nazarene University. Before finishing his studies, Jonathan had become an accomplished teacher. At the age 18 he began directing his church choir and by the following year had become the Director of Worship Ministries (Centro Cristiano La Palabra.) In the middle of his junior year of college he had been offered a teaching position at the Recreational Music Center in San Diego. There he created a Vocal Arts Summer program and helped create school curriculums through their school site programs, establishing a vocal curriculum at the Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Academy. Furthermore, Jonathan has sung with Diego Opera’s university partnership program Opera Exposed! and outreach program Opera on Track under the direction of Dr. Nicholas Reveles.
Jonathan Lacayo has had the privilege to be invited to sing throughout the United States and internationally in Mexico. He made his U.S. Debut with Long Beach Opera, March 2016, in the role of “Wissam” in of Heather Raffo & Tobin Stokes’ Fallujah, an opera inspired by the story of U.S. Marine Christian Ellis in the Iraq War. He reprised the role in his debut with New York City Opera November 2016. Jonathan made his international debut with Opera de Tijuana in the role of “Joe” in Gershwin’s Blue Monday October 2015. Other roles include Long Beach Opera as “Man 1” in Robert Xavier’s west coast premier of Frida (2017); Opera Theatre of the Rockies: “Radames” in Verdi’s Aida (2017/scene), “Goro” in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly (2017/scene), “Pylade” in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride (2017/scene); Lensky in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin (2015/Act 1), Don Jose in Bizet’s Carmen (2015/scene); San Diego Opera’s Opera on Track as “Don Ramiro” in Rossini’s Cenerentola 2016/Act 1); Point Loma Opera Theatre: “Parpignol” in Puccini’s La Boheme (2015), “Prince Charment” in Massenet’s Cendrillon (2014), “Beppe” in Donizetti’s Rita (2014), “Giuseppe” in Loesser’s Most Happy Fella (2013), “Aeneas” in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (2012) understudy for “Camile” in Lehar’s Die Lustige Witwe (2012) and “Don Anchise” in Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera (2011).
Jensi Sweatt (voice)
Jensi Sweatt has been studying voice since the age of 14. She began her training under the direction of Laurie Johnson and had the benefit of studying under many great instructors over the years, most recently and notably with Pamela Hicks and Bob Rose. She received her BA in Music with a focus in Vocal Performance from CSU Hayward in 2005. In addition to vocal training and experience, Jensi also has an instrumental music performance background, having played trombone and electric bass for several years. She has also taught at private schools with From the Heart Music, and has toured internationally with both choir and jazz bands. Jensi has experience with a wide range of genres and styles including classical, opera, rock, alternative/punk, gospel, country, and pop.
Chelsea Obermeier- (voice, piano)
Chelsea is a light lyric soprano originally from the Midwest. She has studied piano and voice since the age of 12. She received her Bachelor’s of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2014 and her Master’s of Music in Vocal Performance from Temple University in Philadelphia in 2016. Chelsea has been teaching private voice, piano, and piano/voice fusion lessons for the past 5 years. In addition to teaching privately, she is the K-8 music teacher and choir director at the Woodcrest School in Tarzana and the Children’s Music and Sunday School Director at Northridge United Methodist Church.
In addition to teaching, Chelsea has a long history of performance. She has performed in Los Angeles with Pacific Opera Project, with Opera Carolina in North Carolina, and Opera Omaha in Nebraska. Chelsea is also passionate about opera education. In the 2016-2017 school year she toured the Southeast with Opera Xpress, an educational outreach program, as the Tortoise in The Tortoise and The Hare set to the music of Rossini. She also performed as the Dog in Hans Krása’s Brundibár with Opera Omaha for community holocaust education. Other favorite opera and musical theatre rolls include “Clo-Clo” in Lehar’s Die lustige Witwe (2015), “Susanna” in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (2015/Act 1 and 2), “Marzelline” in Beethoven’s Fidelio (2015/Act 1) ,“Nancy” in Britten’s Albert Herring (2014), “Tuptim” in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I (2012), and “Cosette” in Schonberg’s Les Misérables (2011).
Tany Ling (Soprano)
Is a dedicated singer of contemporary and experimental music, performing repertoire ranging from rock to opera, from the traditional to the avant-garde. She has been a featured soloist at Carnegie Hall and Madison Square Garden, and has performed on stages across North America and Europe, premiering roles in numerous chamber works and operas, including the new operas "22: Taker of the Total Chance" for Long Beach Opera; "HELL" by Michael Webster and punk poet Eileen Myles in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Tijuana's CECUT; "What To Wear?" by Richard Foreman and Michael Gordon at REDCAT in Los Angeles; and "Tragedy On the Sea Nymph" at Machine Project. In 2004-2006, she toured nationwide with the multi-platinum winning rock group Trans-Siberian Orchestra, singing a rock version of the "Queen of the Night" aria from Mozart's opera The Magic Flute. She currently is a member of the Industrial Jazz Group singing avant-garde big band party music. Past groups include Ensemble Green, Arcanum, Aulos Saxophone Quartet, CalArts New Century Players and the Robin Cox Ensemble, groups dedicated to modern works, and Eighteen Squared, an ensemble specializing in the minimalist music of Steve Reich. She has been featured in numerous productions with Long Beach Opera as well as the Mircofest microtonal music concert series.
Recordings include the latest Trans-Siberian Orchestra release "Nightcastle" (Atlantic Records); "LEEF" for the Industrial Jazz Group (Evander); song cycle "Black Sky Hates the Moon" by New York composer Max Gitek Duykers; and Arcanum's "Seven Songs of Sorrow" (Black Phone Records) by Alan Lechusza. Film and video include "Avatar" (20th Century Fox) by James Cameron with music by James Horner; "Velvet and Ratskins," a short film by experimental animator Evan James; and a prized non-singing role in a music video for The Mae-Shi.
Tany earned a Bachelor of Music in classical vocal performance from the University of California in Irvine and a M.F.A. in classical vocal performance from California Institute of the Arts. She has previously been on staff with Piedmont Children’s Choirs Summer Camp and Yamaha Music as a voice and music theory teacher and with Power Chord Academy and DayJams as a voice teacher and rock band facilitator.
Kristin Caliendo (flute, piano, voice, children's fundamentals)
Earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts from Claremont Graduate University in 2016, Master’s of Music in flute performance from Arizona State University in 2005, and her Bachelor’s of Arts from Grand Canyon University in 2003 where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. The winner of the Bay View Music Festival concerto competition and two-time winner of the Maricopa Community College “Outstanding Performers Instrumental Competition,” Kristin is currently teaching at Neighborhood Music School and at her home in San Dimas, CA. She also performs with her husband, composer and guitarist Christopher Caliendo at a variety of local and national events. Kristin strives to provide her students with instruction and experience to develop musical proficiency in both music performance and knowledge in an encouraging, positive, and enjoyable atmosphere.