ABOUT

the Innovation Show Choir

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA'S LEADING COMMUNITY-BASED YOUTH PERFORMING ENSEMBLE

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!

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OUR VISION 

The Innovation Show Choir envisions a future in which excellence in the choral and dance arts is valued and supported. 

OUR MISSION 

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.

STAFF

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Lydia A. Saxton, B.M., M.A., M.F.A.     ✉️

Co-Founder, Executive Director, Artistic Director

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 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 two dogs, Pumpkin and Charlie.​

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Katina Childs-Müller, B.F.A.     ✉️

Co-Founder, Choreographer

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.

Richard An, B.M., M.F.A.

Collaborative Accompanist

Richard An is a pianist and composer, born and raised in Los Angeles.  He graduated from the California Institute of the Arts Herb Alpert School of Music with an MFA in Performance and Composition and from the University of Southern California with a BM in Composition.

 

He has appeared as a composer, conductor, and accompanist at venues throughout southern California including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Zipper Hall at the Colburn Conservatory of Music, and Art Share, L.A. and has performed with such notables as Barry Manilow and the Rolling Stones.

 

Mr. An is excited to serve as a Collaborative Accompanist with the Innovation Show Choir.

ADDITIONAL STAFF

Assistant to the Artistic Staff - Sarah Rudd

Audio Engineer - Otto Müller

Development Specialist - Pending

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Mark L. Hummer    ✉️

    President

    Mark L. Hummer’s career as an educator has been strongly informed by his theatre background.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Theatre and Speech Communication from Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa and a Master’s Degree in Drama from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas.  He has directed various productions for theatre companies within Texas and Colorado.

     

    Upon moving to Los Angeles, he committed himself full-time to his passion for teaching, serving many years as a well-respected fifth-grade teacher.  After earning a second master’s degree, in Education Leadership and Policy Studies from California State University, Northridge, he left the classroom to accept a position as Categorical Programs Advisor at Carlson Home Hospital School where he currently oversees the acquisition and expenditure of Title I funding.

     

    Mr. Hummer also greatly enjoys his involvement in a variety of community organizations.  He was the founding president of two chapters (a student chapter and an alumni chapter) at CSUN of Pi Lambda Theta, an international honor society, and also served a term as a vice-president on PLT’s International Governing Board.  He is on the board of the Silver Lake Improvement Association and served for many years as a Co-Vice President.  He most enjoys organizing SLIA’s annual “Music Box Steps Day,” a family festival where young and old alike celebrate the iconic Music Box Steps in Silver Lake where Laurel and Hardy filmed their Oscar winning comedy short, “The Music Box.”  And too, he is also on the board of Make Music Los Angeles, one of the constellations of world-wide celebrations of music held annually on the summer solstice that have grown out of the Fête de la Musique in Paris, France.

     

    Mark L. Hummer is honored to be a member of the Board of Directors of the Innovation Show Choir and is looking forward to assisting this outstanding youth performing arts organization continue its mission and reach its full potential. 

  • Frank Kelly

    Treasurer

    Frank Kelly is an accountant with over 40 years practice in private financial management.  He holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration/Accounting from SUNY Brockport, and an MBA from Loyola Marymount University.  He has has served as Controller/CFO in various industries including Aerospace, Engineering, Manufacturing and Distribution.

    Mr. Kelly has a special affection for the performing arts, as he was a woodwind instrumentalist through college, participating in concert bands, jazz bands, pit orchestra and private youth groups.

    Frank Kelly and his wife April have resided in Santa Clarita since 1986 with two grown children and two wonderful grandchildren.

  • Clare Allen

    Recording Secretary

    Clare Allen began her love of music as a singer thirty-five years ago when she landed her first solo in her high school choir. From there she went on to perform as a lead singer with various bands across multiple venues on the East Coast.

    After taking time off to raise her children, she began performing again, lending her voice to many charitable events in the community. Later, she went back to school and joined The Women’s Choir at College of the Canyons where she earned a Liberal Arts degree with an emphasis in Behavioral Health.  

     

    In recent years, Ms. Allen returned to the stage, performing with several local musical theater companies including  DEE Studios Productions, where she landed leading roles in both The Addams Family, playing Morticia, and The Sound of Music, playing The Baroness. 

    Clare Allen currently works in the Dental Industry as an Education Coordinator for a company in Valencia where she lives with her two sons.   

  • Carissa Ferro

    Director of Marketing

    Carissa Ferro is a marketing professional specializing in branding and social media management.  She has a BFA in Media Arts from The University of Arizona and extensive experience in the entertainment industry, with stints at large studios, small production companies, and boutique film marketing agencies. Ms. Ferro is currently the Director of Marketing and Communications at Lumos Transforms, a social enterprise that provides stress reduction and resilience-building programs for people from all walks of life. 

     

    Carissa Ferro lives with her husband and two children in Valencia, CA. A former show choir kid herself, she’s now an unapologetic stage mom, a mediocre tap dancer, and a musical theater buff. Carissa is thrilled to join the board of  the Innovation Show Choir and looks forward to helping  the ISC expand its reach within the community and beyond!

  • Krisi Dervin

    Community Liaison

    Bio pending

  • Nancy "Dee" Horack

    Member at Large

    Nancy ‘Dee’ Horak holds a Bachelor of Music and Music Education in Piano and Voice from Kent State University and served two years as Assistant Choral Director at Ohio State University.  She is the Executive and Creative Director of D.E.E. Studio Productions Performing Arts in Santa Clarita, California and has been teaching piano and voice to children for over thirty years. 

     

    Ms. Horak performs locally at Larsen’s Steakhouse and The Olive Terrace in Santa Clarita and has been a featured performer at venues around the U.S., including the Four Seasons Restaurant in Beverly Hills, the Grand Hotel and the Kitano Hotel in New York City, and three years as a featured performer at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.  She is currently preparing a Broadway Revue, Helloooo Broadway!, a fund-raiser for the Parkinson’s Foundation, which is slated to feature actor Michael J. Fox.

     

    Nancy 'Dee' Horak brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the performing arts for youth to the Board of Directors of the Innovation Show Choir and is excited to participate.

CONTACT US

Mail: 23742 Lyons Ave., #220175, Newhall, CA 91322

Email: info@innovationshowchoir.org

Tel: 818-618-9027

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The Innovation Show Choir is an ensemble of the

Santa Clarita Music and Dance Collaborative, Inc.,

a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.