The Innovation Show Choir is a dynamic and entertaining group of talented young people who perform musical selections with movement and choreography.
We are a distinctive music-in-motion ensemble and perform a wide variety of musical genres, from modern pop songs to Broadway show tunes, to traditional holiday choral favorites. Our members are chosen by audition and range in age from 8 to 18 (third grade through twelfth grade).
The Innovation Show Choir performs at venues throughout the greater Santa Clarita Valley and beyond. Whether it's a civic event, a corporate or professional gathering, a benefit or fundraiser, a senior center, or a school assembly, the Innovation Show Choir is ready to entertain and delight you!
The Innovation Show Choir is the proud recipient of the City of Santa Clarita
Community Services and Arts Grant, for 2020, 2021, and 2022.
the Innovation Show Choir
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA'S LEADING COMMUNITY-BASED YOUTH PERFORMING ENSEMBLE
Developing lifelong vocal artistry
Our singers learn proper vocal technique and choral skills such as harmony, blending, and more.
The Innovation Show Choir envisions a future in which excellence in the choral and dance arts is valued and supported.
The mission of the Innovation Show Choir is to inspire and nurture young people as they strive for artistic excellence, while instilling a lifelong appreciation of the choral and dance arts. Through dedication to the rehearsal and performance process, members will develop valuable skills including leadership, self confidence, teamwork, and pride of accomplishment, thereby enriching their lives and the lives of residents throughout the Santa Clarita Valley community and beyond.
Lydia A. Saxton, B.M., M.A., M.F.A. ✉️
Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director
Director of Vocal Music
Lydia A. Saxton trained at the Julliard School and at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where she studied vocal performance and choral conducting, receiving a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. She continued her studies at Wesleyan University, receiving a Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology and at the City University of New York at Brooklyn College, where she received a Master of Fine Arts in Performing Arts Management.
Ms. Saxton began her professional career in New York, performing both on and off Broadway, in numerous regional theatre productions, and as choir director for several adult and children’s choirs. She later moved to Los Angeles where she earned a California Teaching Credential. For the past thirty-two years, she has served as an educator and instructional advisor for the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Ms. Saxton has performed with and has served as Music Director for numerous local musical theatre groups including DEE Studios, the Canyon Theatre Guild, and the Santa Clarita Regional Theatre. She is a member of the ACDA (American Choral Directors Association), the CCDA (California Choral Directors Association), the MTAC (Music Teachers’ Association of California), and the NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing)
She lives in Santa Clarita with her husband, Kim, their daughter, Sarah, and their very energetic dog, Charlie.
Katina Childs-Müller, B.F.A. ✉️
Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director
Katina Childs-Müller, a.k.a. Miss Kat, has been teaching dance for twenty seven years. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance and theater from Western Michigan University. She has been in numerous musicals and performed on many cruise ships and as well as performed with Tim Conway, Stephanie J. Block, Tom Jones, Kenny Rogers, and Jay Leno.
Miss Kat has choreographed for ten theme parks throughout the US and Europe, show choirs, dinner theaters, cruise ships, and many musicals. She had the honor of choreographing for the TV show Angel, collaborating with Joss Whedon on an episode that was based on the ballet, Giselle.
Miss Kat is the creator and producer of The KidamaJIGs, a pilot TV show that features kids who sing and dance. She is also co-creator of “The Müller Family Circus” what she calls her crazy family of four showbiz kids, hubby, and dog Baxter.
Andre "Marty" Hillman
Born in Southern California in 1986, Andre "Marty" Hillman participated In the Certificate of Merit Classical Piano Program, where he received 13 years of classical piano training, from 1991-2004. During his classical piano studies, Mr. Hillman toured the US from 1998 to 2004, performing with Motown legends The Coasters, The Platters, and The Marveletts, led by his musician parents.
He received his BA in Music with an Emphasis in Jazz Piano from Cal State Northridge in 2012. Immediately after college, he toured the US with a John Denver Tribute Act from 2012-2014. He was then hired to perform at Disneyland as a Disneyland musician from 2014-2017. Marty has been the choir accompanist for Valencia High School, Canyon High School, Saugus High School, Rio Norte Middle School, Castaic High School, and College of the Canyons, among others, giving him 17 years of classroom experience.
Jackie Whitehorn received her Bachelor’s of Music from the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, majoring in professional music. She has been teaching piano and vocal lessons for 20+ years, also coaching independent singer/songwriters and aspiring actors for auditions in the Los Angeles greater area.
Ms. Whitehorn had the honor of directing the musical, The Fantastiks, for the Canyon Theater Guild in Santa Clarita early on in her professional career. She is a member of the Music Teacher’s Association of California and lives in Santa Clarita with her husband, Jamie, her three children, Benjamin, Connor, and Emily, her two mischievous cats, Callie and Brownie, and her teddy-bear looking Goldendoodle, Maggie.
Assistant to the Artistic Staff/Events Coordinator - Sarah Rudd
Sound Engineer - Otto Müller
Development Specialist - Pending