Choral and Vocal Music Faculty

Choral & Vocal Faculty and Staff

Brandon Elliott | Director of Choral & Vocal Activities

Courses Taught:
Music Business (MUS M07)
Musicianship I (MUS M02AL)
Vocal Ensemble (MUS M12)
Concert Choir (MUS M10)
Applied Voice (MUS M30G)

Brandon Elliott is an active musician in the Southern California region and beyond as a conductor, tenor, and music educator.  He has led ensembles of all backgrounds ranging from children to adults.  As a music educator, Mr. Elliott has taught at the primary and secondary levels and also maintains a select private teaching studio.  His private students have continued their studies in leading music schools and conservatories across the country.  Mr. Elliott is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at Moorpark College, where he conducts the choirs and teaches courses in Musicianship, Applied Voice/Vocal Techniques, Music Business, and Music Appreciation.  He serves as a clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor for festivals and honor choirs throughout Southern California.  

He is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Choral Arts Initiative, which has quickly garnered regional and national attention.  Under his leadership, Choral Arts Initiative has been ranked as one of Orange County's "Best Choirs" (CBS Los Angeles), and was named the 2014 Winner for the American Prize in Choral Performance (American Prize Foundation).  While experienced in a wide body of repertoire, Mr. Elliott has a strong passion for 20th and particularly 21st-century music literature.  He has conducted and premiered dozens of choral compositions by emerging composers throughout the globe.   He has been named a Finalist for the 2014 American Prize in Choral Conducting, and is also a proud recipient of Pacific Chorale’s Elliot and Kathleen Alexander Memorial Scholarship for “outstanding choral conducting.”  

As a professional vocal musician, Mr. Elliott regularly performs in professional and semi-professional ensembles.  Recent engagements include singing in the Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble, Pacific Chorale, in-studio singing for Warner Brothers Pictures, and performing in contracted choruses in the Los Angeles region for artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Beck, and Zelda Live.  He has had the privilege to sing under many renowned conductors including Dale Warland, Patrick Quigley, John Alexander, Charles Bruffy, Earl Rivers, Eric Whitacre, Weston Noble, Carl St.Clair, Robert Istad, John Mauceri, Robert Moody, Christoph Campestrini, and Eugene Kohn, among many others.  

Mr. Elliott is a member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) as well as the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), where his writings have been featured in both Tactus and the Music Educators Journal.  In addition to ACDA and NAfME, he maintains professional memberships with Chorus America, where he currently serves as a research assistant, and Music Association of California Community Colleges (MACCC).  He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from California State University – Fullerton School of Music, and a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a certificate in Music Business Leadership from the Berklee College of Music.

Marilyn Anderson | Voice Faculty

Courses Taught:
Fundamental Vocal Technique I / II (MUS M13A/B)
Advanced Vocal Development I / II (MUS M13C/D)
Applied Voice (MUS M30G)

Marilyn Anderson has long been an active force in the musical environment of Ventura County as a versatile educator, director and performer.

A member of Moorpark College’s music faculty since 1975, Anderson’s students have been accepted with scholarships to many prestigious universities and conservatories-USC, UCLA, Oberlin Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, Chapman University, in addition to several CSU campuses. The founding director of the long successful Moorpark Music Theater, she has directed over 50 different works from opera, operetta, and musical theater. Students from this program have gone on to contracts with professional companies, both nationally and in Europe, and have advanced to national competitions. She has received the Academic Senate President’s Award, the Outstanding Faculty Award (only adjunct to receive this award,) and was honored as Champion of the Arts by the High Street Theatre Foundation.

Her commercial directing credits include The Desert Song at the Moorpark Melodrama, and music direction at The High Street Theatre (The Man of La Mancha,) and Camarillo Community Theatre (Nunsense, The Wizard of Oz, and Pippin.)

A dramatic coloratura soprano, Anderson’s performance credits include a wide variety of appearances in opera and musical theater including her recent critically acclaimed performance as the Mother Abbess in Cabrillo Music Theatre’s The Sound of Music for which she received the StageSceneLA award for Outstanding Performance-Featured Actor in a Musical. Operatic roles include The Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflote,) Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus,) The Mother (Amahl and the Night Visitors,) Mme. Silverklang (The Impresario,) and the Baroness in

La Vie Parisienne, among others. She has appeared as Fiona in Brigadoon, Marian Paroo in The Music Man, and also Elsa in The Sound of Music. In addition to recitals, she has been heard as soprano soloist in major oratorio works such as Mozart’s Requiem, Coronation Mass and Solemn Vespers, Handel’s Messiah, Poulenc’s Gloria, Brahm’s Requiem, Bach’s St. John Passion, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Beethoven’s Chorale Fantasia, and Britten’s Ceremony of  Carols. She has appeared with the Los Robles Master Chorale numerous times, both locally and in Europe, with the Moorpark Symphony Orchestra, the Conejo Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Music Theatre, and was heard in a televised performance of Haydn’s Orgelmesse in Graz, Austria. In the United States, she has a variety of television, film and recording credits.

Anderson has also been a member of the music faculty of California Lutheran University since 1992, teaching applied voice and other classes in the vocal curriculum in addition to appearing in recital and concert.

A student of internationally renowned master teacher Elisabeth Parham, Anderson holds a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance from California State University, Northridge, with additional  studies at the University of Southern California and the American Institute of Musical Studies.  She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and was elected to Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honorary.

Kevin Fukagawa | Choral & Vocal Collaborative Pianist

Kevin Su Fukagawa enjoys playing piano in a wide range of situations. Among the various playing opportunities that Kevin is involved with, Moorpark College and Thousand Oaks High School are two programs where he finds himself collaborating with vocalists and instrumentalists.  At Moorpark College, Kevin works with the Concert Choir, Vocal Ensemble, Fundamental Vocal Techniques, Advanced Vocal Development, and works directly with students in the Applied Voice program.  On the weekends, Kevin gets to play at a local church and jazz in Santa Barbara. Kevin received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz and Contemporary Media from Eastman School of Music (2004) and a Masters of Fine Arts in Jazz Studies from California Institute of the Arts (2007).