music performer

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I am a working musician; a singer and multi-instrumentalist from Southern California; an aspiring rock star, proud music educator, and contest-winning songwriter.

Growing up, I consistently sought opportunities to perform in front of crowds. While earning my degree at UCLA, I learned how to record music and began arranging covers for local choirs. I eventually began selling the arrangements and winning accolades when groups took them to competition. I led my a cappella group to multiple championship competitions, earned 5 recording award nominations, and sang solos at Spring Sing. I also studied and worked abroad in Dakar, Senegal at a grassroots hip-hop organization.

After college, I began producing albums, composing commercial themes, and music directing. I became a mentor to UCLA arts students, and had the opportunity to develop and lead after school programs at several LA high schools. I also joined the music team at the La Jolla Playhouse, where I quietly marveled as our shows transferred to Broadway..

From 2013-2015, I managed several acts for a prestigious music management company as a day to day manager for artists including Rusko, Markus Schulz, Giorgio Moroder and Leona Lewis. Shortly after, The Killers contracted me to handle Brandon Flowers’s second solo release, The Desired Effect, which earned critical acclaim.

As a performer, I have shared the stage with Taylor Swift, Casey Abrams, and India Carney. I have performed at venues including the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the MGM Grand, Pauley Pavillion and Belly Up. As a composer, I have worked with the San Francisco Gay Men’s chorus, the UCLA School of Film, Theater and Telveision, the Megastar Millionaire talent competition, and numerous organizations which have commissioned original works.

On the side, I enjoy martial arts, dance, and non-fiction reading.


by Hallie Duesenberg