/ Los Angeles, CA
Member since April 2018
Saunder Choi is a Los Angeles-based Filipino composer who has written a wide variety of works, from contemporary classical instrumental, vocal and choral works to jazz charts and popular music arrangements. His choral works have been performed in various concert halls, including Merkin Hall at the Lincoln Center, the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, the world famous Teatro Colon opera house in Buenos Aires, the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, and in different international goodwill tours and concerts, such as the Philippine Madrigal Singers’ 2009 UNESCO Artists for Peace awarding ceremony, the 2010 Guido d’Arezzo Polifonico Choral Competition in Italy, the 2011 World Choral Symposium in Argentina, the 2012 World Choir Games in Ohio and the 2013 Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium.
As a composer, his works have also been performed, programmed, recorded and read by the USC Thornton Symphony, Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Philippine Madrigal Singers, the Crossing Choir, the LA Master Chorale, USC Chamber Singers, Peninsula Women’s Chorus, Kalistos String Orchestra and the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium Chorus. He has been commissioned by the L.A. Choral Lab, Andrea Veneracion International Choral Festival, Salt Lake Choral Artists, SYC Ensemble Singers (Singapore), Choral Arts Initiative, the Earth Choir (Taiwan), Archipelago Singers (Indonesia). As an arranger and orchestrator, Saunder has written Tony-Award winner Lea Salonga, the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, Maestro Gerard Salonga, the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, the Tim Janis American Christmas Carol Show at Carnegie Hall, Ballet Philippines, and the Hong Kong production of Pippin.
He won the 2017 Indianapolis Symphonic Choir Carol Commission competition and awarded the 1st prize in the 2014 American Prize for Choral Composition (student division). He is also a finalist for the 2012 and 2015 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award. He was one of the composers selected for the 1st Young Composers Initiative call for scores by the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. He was also one of the composition fellows at the 2016 Big Sky Choral Initiative.
As a tenor, he maintains an active singing schedule in Southern California. He regularly sings with the L.A. Choral Lab, Horizon Chamber Choir, C3LA: Choral Composer Collective of Los Angeles, and regularly subs for many other ensembles. In the past, he has sung with the First Church in Boston Choir, the Boston Choral Ensemble, the USC Chamber Singers, the Philippine Madrigal Singers, and was a tenor soloist/section leader at Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church. He also serves as the choir director at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in North Hollywood and teaching artist for Pacific Choral Academy.
Born in Manila, Philippines, he holds degrees from USC Thornton School of Music (MM), Berklee College of Music (BM), and De La Salle University-Manila (BA). His works are published with Santa Barbara Music Publishing and Earthsongs. Select works are also distributed by MusicSpoke.
Eclectic, multi-stylistic, multi-lingual. I love experimenting with genre, mixing influences from traditional choral rep, to timbral vocal productions, popular music and jazz.