The Towne Singers
The 100+ member Towne Singers is a
non-auditioned community chorus
based in La Cañada, California. Since being founded in 1987 by Phyllis
Winnaman, the chorus has grown to become a well-known source of
the foothill and valley neighborhoods. Membership is from all the
nearby communities, and many members commute more than 40 miles to
participate in the musical experience.
Towne Singers take pride in their ability to sing all types of music,
and in a wide variety of styles. The group’s musical
repertoire includes great classical elements, but these are always
complemented with other choral genres, including popular,
Broadway,spirituals, gospel, folk, and patriotic.
The full choir performs two or three major concerts each year. In
addition, the auditioned Towne Singers ‘chamber choir’ performs in
community outreach events, and other social/musical events in the
The choir has performed three times at Carnegie Hall, including a 2004
performance of Rutter’s Requiem (conducted by Rutter), and a 2006
performance of Vivaldi's Gloria. They performed the Rutter Requiem
again in 2010 at the Lincoln Center in New York. The group is often
invited to attend festivals and choral events, and toured
internationally in 2005. The Towne Singers have also been honored with
citations of artistic excellence by the State of California and the
City of La Cañada Flintridge.
The Towne Singers is a non-profit organization that is open to singers
of all ages and backgrounds. Each concert season provides a place for
people to sing and grow artistically, and to bring excellent choral
entertainment to the region.
Bachelor of Music in Composition from Cal State Univ., Northridge
K-12 Single Subject Teaching Credential – Choral Music Education
Director of Worship – St. Stephen Presbyterian Church, Chatsworth
Program Coordinator/Piano studies – The Master’s Performing Arts
Academy, Simi Valley (presently)
Choir Director – Hoover HS (beginning Fall 2013)
Band and Choir Director – John Muir HS, Pasadena (2011-2012)
Band Director – Grace Brethren HS, Simi Valley (2003-2006)
Vocal Director/Accompanist for musical productions – Huntington MS, San
Asst. Musical Director/Rehearsal Pianist – Foothill Summer Theater
productions, La Canada (1992-2009)
Organist /Asst Director – Foothill Christian Church, La Crescenta
Lance has been accompanying and directing musical theater for over 20
years. From 1990 to 2008 he was the pianist and Assistant Music
Director for Foothill Summer Theater’s productions in La Canada,
including Les Miserable, Kiss Me Kate, The King and I, and Sweeney
Todd. Lance has been the vocal director for numerous musical
productions at Huntington Middle School in San Marino, Bishop Alemany
High School, Grace Brethren High School and many other local high
schools. He established the first choral program at Northridge
Academy High School in Northridge. Currently, Lance directs the music
programs and teaches piano at The Master’s Performing Arts Academy in
Simi Valley. He is also Director of Worship for St. Stephen
Presbyterian Church in Chatsworth, and lives with his wife and two sons
in Granada Hills.
Ben Mason is a pianist, composer, orchestrator, arranger, and conductor
in Los Angeles. He serves as the organist and pianist at First
Presbyterian Church of Granada Hills. He also teaches music technology
and basic film scoring at Point Loma Nazarene University.
Ben composes for film and other media, and enjoys arranging for choir,
band, and orchestra. His styles range from classical to jazz and pop.
Ben studied piano, violin, and organ and holds a bachelor’s and a
master’s degree in composition from the Peabody Institute at Johns
Hopkins University, a master’s in conducting from the University of
Georgia, and a graduate certificate in scoring for motion pictures and
television from the University of Southern California.
View The Towne Singers organization chart here.