Music Leadership

Dr. Andrew Schultz

Director of Sanctuary Music Ministry

andrew@westwoodumc.org

Andrew is an Ohio native who relocated to Los Angeles to pursue a DMA in Choral Music at the USC Thornton School of Music. Prior to his move to Southern California, Andrew spent seven years as Director of Music Programs for Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio. Much of his time there was spent revitalizing the music program including the development of student and community choirs, bands, and orchestras while teaching courses in music theory, voice, and conducting. While in Defiance, Andrew also served as Director of Music at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Performance Series Director for the Defiance Community Cultural Council, and was an active OMEA adjudicator and area clinician.
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Andrew holds undergraduate degrees from Ohio Northern University earning a bachelor of music and a bachelor of science in business administration. He also holds advanced degrees from Bowling Green State University: a master of music and a master of business administration.

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Yoojung Chung

Organist

yoojung@westwoodumc.org

Yoojung Chung, a native of South Korea, began her music education at age of four with piano lessons. Then she started accompanying church choirs at the age of thirteen and taking organ lessons from Dr. Dong-Lim Min, a distinguished concert organist throughout South Korea and Germany.
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She earned a Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance and Church Music at Yonsei University under Professor Myung-Ja Cho, and Master of Music in Organ Performance and Church Music at Northwestern University under Professor Douglas Cleveland, as well as the Kenneth G. and Helen C. Merrill Scholarship. Then, she continued to pursue her Doctoral of Musical Arts degree at Indiana University under Marilyn Keiser; however, after completing her first year, she moved to Southern California in 2007 due to her husband’s job relocation.
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Yoojung resides in Orange County area, and she is active piano accompanist and private piano instructor. Prior to Westwood UMC organist position, she served as organist at Anaheim UMC for 11 years and a few other churches in New York, Illinois, and Indiana. Also, she has worked as piano accompanist and adjunct faculty member at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo and Concordia University in Irvine. She is an active member of American Guild of Organist of Orange County and Music Teachers’ Association of California Orange County Branch where she served as Board member.

Emily Peterson

Soprano

Emily Peterson, soprano, studied Vocal Performance at USC and currently sings professionally in both live and studio settings in Los Angeles. She participated in several national vocal competitions, including Classical Singer, where she was selected as the winner of the Southern California regional division. She was also selected as a finalist in the national competition, The American Prize. Recently, she recorded vocals for a recent Netflix series called “Ares.” Outside of singing, Emily enjoys distance running and painting.

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Carmen Edano

Mezzo Soprano

Carmen Edano is a young mezzo soprano from Vallejo, California. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music with an emphasis in both Applied Voice and Music Education from Pepperdine University, and is currently pursuing her Masters in Classical Voice at the University of California Los Angeles. Ms. Edano has studied with many distinguished instructors such as Ida Nicolosi, Melanie Emelio, Vladimir Chernov, and Julianna Gondek. Throughout her studies at Pepperdine, she has appeared in many productions including Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance” (ensemble), Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus (ensemble), Henry Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas” (Sorceress cover, ensemble), and Jules Massenet’s Cendrillon (Dorothee). She has performed internationally with scenes from Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina) and Cosi fan tutte (Dorabella) during Pepperdine’s Heidelberg Summer Music Program. .
\Ms. Edano has co-directed the children’s choir for Pepperdine University’s performance of Rutter’s “Mass of the Children”. As she continues her studies at UCLA, she also teaches private voice lessons to young singers.

Taylor Jacobs

Tenor

Taylor Jacobs recently finished his undergraduate studies in Vocal Arts at the University of Southern California. A frequent soloist for the USC Choral Music department, Taylor’s highlights include Dr. Nick Strimple’s birthday concert with the Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale and the USC Visions & Voices performance of Craig Hella Johnson’s Considering Matthew Shepard (“In Need of Breath” and “I Am Like You”). He has coached French for multiple USC productions, including Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie for The Chamber Opera, Chamber Singers’ National ACDA performance of Henk Bading’s Trois Chansons Bretonnes and Concert Choir’s performances of Morten Lauridsen’s Les Chansons des Roses.

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Louise Floyd

Bass

Louise Floyd is a young vocal artist based in Los Angeles. Her opera debut came in 2017, singing the role of ‘Cascada’ in Utah Valley Vocal Academy’s production of The Merry Widow. She has appeared in nearly a dozen roles on stages across Utah, including performing with the Utah Opera Chorus, and performing as the bass soloist in Handel’s Messiah with Wasatch Chorale.