Kyla McCarrel

Kyla McCarrel

Conductor, Women's Choir
College of Performing Arts; Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music


Kyla McCarrel is an active performer and music educator in the Los Angeles area. Kyla is thrilled to share her passion for music as part of the faculty at Chapman University’s Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music, where she is an instructor of private voice and conductor of the University Treble Choir. Kyla holds a master of music degree from Arizona State University in Opera Performance and a bachelor of music degree from Chapman University in Vocal Performance and Music Education. 

While at ASU, Kyla studied with Carole FitzPatrick and performed a variety of operatic roles including Adina (L’Elisir d’Amore), Josephine (H.M.S. Pinafore), and Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte) with Arizona State’s Music Theatre and Opera. Their production of H.M.S. Pinafore placed second for the 2017 American Prize in Opera—College/University division.

During her time at Chapman, Kyla studied with Dr. Rebecca Sherburn, Dr. David Alt, and Margaret Dehning. As an undergraduate, Kyla performed a number of roles with Opera Chapman and sang with the University Singers. Kyla has also worked as a conductor and instructor with the Chapman Choral Music Camp each summer from 2013–2017 and 2019. 

Recent operatic performance credits include Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte as a guest artist with Opera Chapman, Baby Doe in the Ballad of Baby Doe with Opera in the Ozarks, and Adriana in the ASU English Workshop Premiere of Fowler and Flack’s Behold the Man: L’Opera del Ecce Homo. Kyla has also performed in the Los Angeles and New York areas, most notably with the Metropolis Opera Project (NY) in the chorus of their production of Tosca, and as the soprano soloist and section leader at All Saints Church, Pasadena (CA). 

Kyla was the featured soloist in "A Southern California Christmas" at Musco Center for the Arts, and the soprano soloist in Carl Orff's Carmina Burana with the Mount Desert Summer Chorale in Bar Harbor, Maine. Some of Kyla’s other concert soloist performances include Beethoven’s Mass in C Major, Honegger’s King David, and the Bach Magnificat. 

As an alumna, Kyla is especially excited to share her love of music and her dedication to the arts with the students of Chapman University.