Our Staff

Artistic/Executive Director – Jared Pugh

Jared Pugh is an active musician in the Southern California region as a conductor, tenor and music educator. Born in the San Joaquin Valley to a musical family, Jared was initially an instrumentalist but joined choir his freshman year of high school because a girl he had a crush on said he had a nice voice and should audition. He went on to study Vocal Performance and Music Education at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSULB, eventually graduating with honors while also re-estalishing the CSULB student chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.

After graduation he developed a passion for sharing his musical expertise with others—children and adults alike. He was the Assistant Conductor of the K’ol Haemek Chorale for their first two seasons helping establish them as the first Jewish Community Chorale in the San Gabriel Valley. He has also worked extensively as a Musical Director for many theater productions in the Greater Los Angeles Area. As a performer, Jared is fluent with both musical theater and classical forms. He is currently a member of Long Beach Camerata and frequently performs in musicals throughout Southern California. Jared is the current Choir Director at San Dimas High School and Lone Hill Middle School as well as the Artistic/Executive Director of the Westminster Chorale.

Pianist – Brigitte Bellavoine

Brigitte Bellavoine graduated from the Bob Cole Conservatory at CSU Long Beach in 2013, with her degree in Piano Performance and Choral/Vocal Music Education. She enjoys performing with choirs all over Orange and LA County as a pianist and singer, and also accompanies dancers at Cal State Fullerton. Brigitte has enjoyed playing for Westminster Chorale since 2011 and loves the vibrant community of singers the chorale attracts.

Assistant Conductor – Jake Asaro

Mr. Jake Asaro is a graduate of the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach in Choral/Vocal Music Education.  His studies there have included training in classical and jazz voice, conducting, and singing with the CSULB Chamber Choir, which was named “Choir of the World” and won the Pavarotti Trophy at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales. Mr. Asaro is an active choral and solo vocal musician in the LA and OC area, has experience as a studio singer at the world famous East West Studios in Hollywood, and is the assistant director and tenor section leader of both the Westminster Chorale and the First Presbyterian Church of San Pedro’s Chancel Choir. His professional performance credits include singing back-up vocals for The Rolling Stone’s Zip Code Tour at Petco Park in San Diego, and singing in the chorus of Mark Morris Dance Company’s production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. He is an experienced private instructor of voice, flute, piano, and saxophone, and has experience as a musical director for several theatre companies.