Administrative & Artistic Staff





Michael Salas is a professional clarinetist, music administrator, and teacher based out of Los Angeles, California. He is an active performer with experience in orchestral music, chamber music, contemporary classical, opera, and musical theater. Currently, he serves as the Program Manager for The Harmony Project’s Musicianship Program. Michael has also served the LA Phil as a teaching artist, The Whittier Regional Symphony as a general manager and as CalArts’ orchestral manager. He has a true passion for equity in music, and believes that music should be accessible to and celebrated by all. Michael received his BM from the University of Hartford, Hartt School, having studied with Ayako Oshima-Neidich and his MFA from California Institute of the Arts, Herb Alpert School of Music, where he studied with Phil O’Connor and currently attends Claremont Graduate University in pursuit of his DMA with Dr. Margaret Thornhill.  In his spare time Michael is an active beach-goer, a Disneyland passholder, and Power Rangers mega-fan. He of course enjoys spending time with his partner, friends, family and his yorkie Rocky.





Now in his 10th season with SCC, Chris Smith has had a broad musical career as a singer, vocal coach, and music director. His nearly 30 years of studying voice began at a young age, performing with the internationally acclaimed All-American Boys Chorus. He has since performed with symphonic and choral groups across Southern California, including the Pacific Symphony, the LA Philharmonic, and the LA Master Chorale. His theatrical performance credits include several roles with local community and regional theaters, as well as LA Opera and Opera Pacific. After graduating from the Cal State Long Beach music program, Chris returned to the All-American Boys Chorus were he served as a vocal coach and associate conductor. Chris continues to be a sought after vocalist and music director in the local community. In addition to his musical endeavors, Chris works in Entertainment for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

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South Coast Chorale is currently seeking submissions for our Principal Accompanist. Please visit for more information.