Performing Arts Department Chair
Name: Michael Gend
Office: PAB 3539
Phone: (818) 710-2268
Music Faculty Advisor
Name: Wendy Mazon
Office: MUS 3403A
Phone: (818) 710-2295
Applied Music Instructor
David Castillo, Voice
David A. Castillo is a versatile performer, producer, and educator from the beautiful city of New Orleans. He holds a Master of Music from the USC Thornton School of Music studying with Rod Gilfry and a Bachelor of Music from Loyola University New orleans studying with the late Philip Frohnmayer.
David’s solo career brought him to Paris, The Vatican, Lincoln Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Severance Hall, Off-Broadway on 42nd Street, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and the Hollywood Bowl. He performed many world premieres for the LA Philharmonic (including War of the Worlds with Sigourney Weaver), LA Master Chorale (Eric Whitacre’s The Gift of Magi and Shawn Kirchner’s Songs of Ascent), The Industry (Hopscotch, Bonnie and Clyde, Nimbus), and the LA Opera (Figaro 90210) and with several dance companies, such as American Contemporary Ballet, Luminario Ballet, Mojacar Flamenco, and in residency with choreographer Jay Carlon as co-producer and narrator at LA Dance Project.
Music also became his gateway to the screen competing on two episodes of America’s Got Talent. His years as an instrumentalist came back into play, when he was cast as the Trumpet Player in Camila Cabello’s short film/music video “Liar.” It was on set where he met Anthony Meindl and later began his studies in acting at his Los Angeles school. David sang on several soundtracks and movies, including Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker and Call of the Wild, and has been seen on several commercials.
As a producer, David created the multi-sensory experience Seven Deadly Sins in New Orleans. With writer William Nedved and Project Runway winner Kentaro Kameyama, David produced and performed the role of Lee “Alexander” McQueen in their show The Passion of McQueen and performed the role of Perseus in their show Medusa with Deaf West Theatre at the Getty Villa. With Kentaro, David also produced and directed the fashion and art exhibition “for anna.”
In education and in the community, David discovers and understands arts’ purpose beyond entertainment with humans of all ages and backgrounds. He traveled all over LA County on tour with LA Opera Connects working with elementary school students, worked and performed with the Skid Row Community through the Street Symphony, and frequently builds programs with the Foothill Service Club for the Blind. His is discography includes Louis Andriessen’s Theatre of the World with the Los Angeles Philharmonic on Nonesuch Records, Hopscotch on The Industry Records, and the Double-CD release of David Rosenboom’s Deviant Resonances on Ravello Records. He is on the voice faculty at various institutions of higher education and resides as a member of The Industry and the Los Angeles Master Chorale.