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Vox Musica

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Vox Musica, directed by Daniel Paulson, was founded in 2006 in a niche of untapped potential in Sacramento’s budding classical music scene. This women’s vocal ensemble enjoys the privileged position of nurturing the choral arts by combining outstanding vocal artistry with innovative programming. Vox Musica is committed to excellence in performance of diverse and challenging choral literature for women’s voices and is dedicated to promoting new works, including many premiers and commissioned works. In a recent review, Edward Ortiz, Arts Editor for the Sacramento Bee, hailed Vox Musica as a “welcome addition to the music scene,” praising the group’s “stunning clarity,” “intense color,” and “delicate touch.” Through collaborations with composers, conductors, choirs and musicians from around the world, Vox Musica’s featured concert projects have included collected works from the 18th century Venetian Ospedali, eastern music from India, Persia, and Georgia, a concert of music for Taiko Drums and Women’s Voices, and a concert project featuring electronic music. Vox Musica has released one compact disc, has presented dual concert seasons in both Sacramento and Napa, and has been a featured artist on the prestigious Old First Concert Series in San Francisco and the American Choral Directors Association’s 2011 National Convention in Chicago, IL.

Founder/Music Director


Daniel Paulson, holds a Bachelor of Music degree in voice performance from Sacramento State University, and a Masters of Music Degree in Choral Conducting from the Three-Summer Masters of Music degree program at California State University, Los Angeles.


Hailed as an “astute programmer” and a conductor who can “coax urbane performances from his singers,” Daniel has been a featured conductor on the International Festival of New American Music in Sacramento, CA, the Old First Concert Series in San Francisco, CA, the Northern Zone Music Educators Association’s High School Honor Choir in Nevada, CA, and the American Choral Directors Association’s 2011 National Convention in Chicago, IL. He is a student of Dr. William Belan, Professor Emeritus of Choral Studies at California State University, Los Angeles, and Donald Brinegar, Director of Choral Studies at Pasadena City College and adjunct Professor of Graduate Choral Conducting at the University of Southern California.


As a commissioned composer, Daniel’s catalogue includes over twenty works written for strings, piano, and chorus. His recent commissions include two major works for the Crocker Art Museum’s exhibitions of both Gottfried Helnwein and Sam Francis. Several of his arrangements have been released on the compact disc, Christmas Colours, and are available for purchase on iTunes.


His extended education includes studying early music with the Western Wind Ensemble, the King’s Singers, and at the 2013 American Bach Soloist’s Summer Academy. He has been a two-time guest presenter for the Los Rios Community College District “INNOVATE” Technology Summit, working with educators on the use of the IPAD in the classroom, and recently was a featured presenter at the TEDx Conference, here in Sacramento.


Currently, he is Professor of Voice and Choral Music at Sacramento City College, is a resident artist with the Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, and serves as Founder & Music Director for Vox Musica. For more information visit his website: [ ]


Meet our Artists

Krystyna Taylor

Resident Artist

Krystyna Taylor, cello, graduated from CSU Sacramento where she studied cello performance. She maintains a private studio and is the founder/director of the K Street Orchestra.

Valerie Simonson

Assistant Director/ Alto

Valerie Simonson, alto, studied at American River College and at CSU Sacramento where she studied both traditional & Vocal Jazz Studies. Currently she is the music director at Elevation of the Holy Cross Orthodox Church.

Ben Hillier

Artistic Intern

Ben Hillier is in his third year as the artistic intern for Vox Musica.

Kay Hight

Accompanist/ Soprano

Kay Hight, accompanist/soprano, attended the American Musical & Dramatics Academy in LA. Currently she works for the Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus & the Sac Theatre Co's Young Ambassador Program.

Jenna Hopper


Jenna Hopper, soprano, has spent time on and off for the past several years providing vocal coaching to both individuals and groups looking to improve their technique. She is thrilled to be an artist with Vox Musica for her third season.

Nadia Oselsky


Nadia Oselsky, alto, as a child studied music at a music school for gifted children. She has sung with the Slavic Chorale and ARC Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

Jennifer Crawford


Jennifer Crawford, alto, is honored to be in her seventh season with Vox Musica. When not singing, Jennifer can be found writing computer code, volunteering as a Master Food Preserver, running from zombies, or knitting.

Jenifer Swanson


Jenifer Swanson, alto, is working on her Floral Design Diploma from Ashworth College, and holds a love for spreading joy with flowers. Jenifer is very excited to be starting her second season with Vox Musica.

Elizabeth Mazzaferro


Elizabeth Mazzaferro, soprano, holds both a Bachelors and Masters degree in Voice Performance. Currently, she is a member of the Sacramento Opera Chorus, and sings as a Cantor at St. Ignatius Parish Church.

Kathryn Defay


Kathryn DeFay, alto, has been a member of Vox Musica since its inception. Besides Vox Musica she is in a vocal quartet based in Dixon. Kathryn holds a degree from UC Davis in Costume & Textile Design.

Jessica Dacpano


Jessica Dacpano, soprano, is currently a student at Sacramento State University pursuing her Bachelor’s in Music. Besides Vox Musica she is in the Sacramento State University Chamber Choir.

Heather Razo


Heather Razo, soprano, graduated from Sacramento State University with a BA degree in Humanities & a Minor in Music. She is Director of Music at St. Ignatius Loyola Parish and teaches private piano & voice lessons.

Susanna Peeples


Susanna Peeples, alto, attended UC Davis & UOP where she recieved her Masters of Music in Music Education. She currently saves the world by teaching high school choir in Stockton & is in her first season with Vox Musica!

Mary Frank


Mary Frank , alto, has sung in various musical groups ranging from vocal jazz, church ensembles & Jewish women’s choirs to early music & madrigal ensembles. She has three beautiful children, Gabriel, Miriam & Gideon.

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2014-15 Projects

O-VOX: A Vox Christmas

A Three-Concert Holiday Project including a collaborative concert performance with the Sacramento based vocal ensemble, Capella Antiqua, followed by two full concerts with just Vox Musica.

December 11, 2014 @ 7:30 pm

Location: Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament (1017 11th St; Sacramento, CA 95814)

December 20, 2014 @ 7:00 pm

Location: Dixon United Methodist Church (209 N. Jefferson; Dixon, CA 95620)

December 21, 2014 @ 5:00 pm

Location: Beatnik Studios (723 S Street, Sacramento, Ca 95811)

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VOX-ED: An Educational Outreach Project

A Ten-Concert Educational Outreach Project. Vox Musica will work with ten high school, middle school and elementary school students in the greater Sacramento area and will close with a public performance.

February 16-20, 2015

Location: Ten High Schools, Middle Schools, and Elementary Schools (Sacramento)

February 22, 2015 @ 5:00 pm

Location: Beatnik Studios (723 S Street, Sacramento, Ca 95811)




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VOX-CHAI: A Jewish Choral Project

A concert project of music influenced by Jewish history and traditions. This project will also see performances in the Bay Area.

March 8, 2015 @ 7:00 pm

Location: Dixon United Methodist Church (209 N. Jefferson; Dixon, CA 95620)

March 20, 2015 @ TBA

Location: TBA

March 21, 2015 @ TBA

Location: TBA

March 22, 2015 @ 5:00 pm

Location: Beatnik Studios (723 S Street, Sacramento, Ca 95811)

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VOX-SING: A Community Project

A unique collaborative project of new music by local composers all sung by local singers including an appearance at the second annual “Sac Sings” Sacramento Choral Festival at Harris Center for the Arts/ Three Stages at Folsom Lake College.

May 31, 2015 @ 5:00 pm

Location: Beatnik Studios (723 S Street, Sacramento, Ca 95811)

June 13-14, 2015 @ TBA

Location: Harris Center for the Arts/ Three Stages at Folsom Lake College (10 College Parkway; Folsom, CA 95630) –





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Vox Musica Press and Media Files

Press & Media


2014/15 Season Passes


All Access Pass for 2014/15 Concerts


Tickets: O-VOX: A Vox Christmas


DEC 11 – PREVIEW CONCERT: Blessed Sacrament Cathedral (Sacramento)

IMPORTANT: This is a preview performance. Vox Musica’s will open for Capella Antiqua’s holiday performance. For tickets visit their website:

DEC 20 – FULL CONCERT: Dixon United Methodist Church (Dixon)


DEC 21 – FULL CONCERT: Beatnik Studios (Sacramento)


Tickets: VOX-ED: An Educational Outreach Project


FEB 22: Beatnik Studios (Sacramento)


Tickets: VOX-CHAI: A Jewish Choral Project


MARCH 8: Dixon United Methodist Church (Dixon)

IMPORTANT: This is a Dixon United Methodist Church produced concert. For tickets call the Church: (707) 678-2191


Tickets on sale soon!


Tickets on sale soon

MARCH 22: Beatnik Studios (Sacramento)


Tickets: VOX-SING: A Community Project


MAY 31: Beatnik Studios (Sacramento)








Parisa SoultaniExecutive Director

Jim AmenBoard President

Daniel PaulsonFounder/Music Director

Valerie SimonsonAssistant Director

Kay HightAccompanist

Ben HillierArtistic Intern

Kathryn DeFayTextile Designer

Donny VasquezPhotographer

Anthony SwansonRecording Engineer

Vox Musica

1017 L Street #333

Sacramento, CA 95814

( 916 ) 844-2586

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