Jeffrey Fahey has been the Director of Choirs at Los Altos High School since the fall of 2014. Under his direction, the choirs have earned top honors and awards at SCVA choir festivals and numerous show choir competitions, including recognition for best musicianship. Jeffrey was born and raised in Minnesota where he was fortunate enough to experience the great choral traditions of the Midwest. After graduating from high school, Jeffrey moved to Chicago to attend college, earning his Musical Theatre degree from Roosevelt University and his Music Education degree from Northeastern Illinois University. Jeffrey has taught all levels of music, from preschool through high school and has worked for the Archdiocese of Chicago in various churches as music director, section leader, and cantor. Before relocating to Los Angeles, Jeffrey worked with various professional theatres and choirs across the Chicago area as a performer. Jeffrey holds a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from California State University, Los Angeles.
Dominic Matas is a dancer, singer, and choreographer based out of Los Angeles; he is an award-winning choreographer for Show Choirs around the country. Dominic has been seen as a singer/dancer on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dancing With the Stars, and America’s Got Talent. Dominic currently trains at Millennium Dance Complex in North Hollywood, learning from some of the biggest choreographers in the Dance and Music Industry, and has trained and performed with the world-renowned dance team Academy of Villains. Dominic has an immense passion for teaching dance, as well as the discipline it takes to be a successful performer. Dominic believes the skills gained through learning dance and choir can be applied to everyday life: Respect, Punctuality, Graciousness, and Humility, to name a few. “Practice to Win, Perform to Inspire.”
Susia Ruddell is a freelance show choir choreographer and show designer living in Los Angeles, California. She is a graduate of the University of New Mexico where she studied dance, show design, and adolescent development. Her refreshing choreography, keen eye for show design, and strong teaching ability to shape confident young performers makes her an asset to the creative team at Los Altos High School. She works all around the country designing, choreographing, and teaching performance skills to hundreds of students every year at various middle schools and high schools. Her passion to build a community within the performing arts has made her a leader in building programs across the region. Susia has led show choirs to win national titles, awards such as “Best Choreography” and “Best Show Design”, and created her own dance program, summer dance camp, and show choir camp. Susia is a firm believer in being genuine and working hard in all that you do and hopes to instill that in all of her students.
Raised in Hacienda Heights, Stephanie found her love of music and dance at three years old and by age five she was training with LA Dance Connection and the Ballet Folkloric de Potpourri. Stephanie is an alumna of Los Altos High School and was a leader in the school’s Performing Arts Academy by training extensively in dance, music, and theatre including Women’s Ensemble and Production Choir. During this time, she also had the privilege of working with Laurianne Gibson by receiving a scholarship from The Pulse Convention. Stephanie went on to graduate from the Conservatory of Dance Theatre program at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA). Since completing AMDA, she has gone on to receive feature and walk on roles on shows like 2 Broke Girls and Faking it. Stephanie has also been a part of the company Academy of Villains and has since began directing her own youth company, Thorns of Rosemead. Stephanie hopes to continue to use her skills to grow, create, and be a possitive influence in today’s world.
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