Board of Directors
Meet IOC Board Members!
Brooke Iva Lohman
Communications professional with over 20 years experience in public relations, social media, urban development, and arts management.
She has worked with global brands including Walt Disney Pictures, Tournament of Roses, Replay Jeans, Playboy Enterprises, and The Roger Wagner Chorale.
The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Business Journal, Los Angeles Times, Forbes.com, AllBusiness.com, Burbank Leader, Glendale News-Press, Chronicle of Philanthropy, and Reader's Digest, and my photos have appeared in Life & Style Weekly, LA Business Journal, Burbank Leader, Glendale News-Press, Benaki Museum (Athens, Greece), NEON-BREAKING NEWS ATHENS (Athens, Greece).
Versatile actor and mezzo-soprano Alexis Wesley is equally at home in opera, oratorio, musical theatre, stage plays and film.
She is also a writer and producer of both independent film and theatre. Locally, she has performed principal roles with The Definiens Project, Independent Opera Company and Pacific Opera Project.Favorite roles include Mrs. Lovett (Sweeney Todd), Charlotte (A Little Night Music), Prudie Cupp (Pump Boys & Dinettes), Madame Flora (The Medium), Spring Beauty (The Snow Maiden), Princess Anhilte (The Gipsy Princess), Gertrude (Roméo et Juliette) and Marcellina (Le Nozze di Figaro). Favorite oratorio solo work includes Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Handel’s Messiah, Kodály’s Missa Brevis, Buxtehude’s Jesu Meine Freude and Vivaldi’s Gloria.
She is also a soloist/section leader for Lutheran Church of The Master in Los Angeles. Originally from Cincinnati, she holds an M.M. in Voice from CSUN and is a graduate of the Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting in NYC. By day, she is a graphic designer.
Baritone is a proud member of Los Angeles’ opera community.
A native of Los Angeles, he began his formal musical training as a youth with the California Boys Choir.
After a long break which included attendance at the University of Southern California and several private occupations in the field of Finance, he began studying with William Bohn in 1999 until his retirement in 2001.
He continued his vocal development with Richard Fredricks.
Presently, Mr. Simms works with Gail Gordon Dennis Parnell and Christopher Luthi.
Mr. Simms has performed the principal baritone roles in Verdi’s Luisa Miller, La traviata, Un ballo in maschera, Aida, and Otello, Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and Cosi fan tutte, Puccini’s La boheme and Tosca and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Tsar’s Bride.
Chelsea Obermeier is a Lyric Soprano based out of Los Angeles, California. Chelsea has performed around the country with a variety of companies, including Opera Carolina, Pacific Opera Project, Independent Opera Company, and Opera Omaha. During her time in California, Chelsea has joined IOC as Odarka in A Cossack Beyond the Danube, the title role in Little Red Riding Hood, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, and the chorus of Snow Maiden. She has also sung several productions with Pacific Opera Project, including Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly. Chelsea holds a BM Vocal Performance degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a MM Vocal Performance degree from Temple University in Philadelphia. She is also an instructor in musical theatre and classical voice at Pierce College.
Texarkana, Texas native Aaron Ball is an operatic baritone, actor, stage director, business leader, educator, author, motivational speaker,
innovator, visionary, organizational and individual coach, and leading advocate and consultant for the performing arts.
He is currently president & CEO of Randall Designs, Inc., the Emmy Award-winning design house (ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars”) that created the costumes for DWTS’ first twelve seasons and serves as a member on Independent Opera Company’s (IOC) board of directors.
Praised for his expressiveness and high energy performances on both stage and screen, Aaron is also looked up to as an industry leader in the disciplines of talent development and vocal performance.
He is also a video producer and audio engineer having previously led a successful video production company, which currently places him in high demand among performing arts organizations these concerning days of COVID-19 and makes him particularly well-suited to help bring performing arts organizations up to speed and beyond in all aspects of remote production and pre-production.
Brooke Iva Lohman
Hailed as “witty, adorable, and one to watch” (Lauri’s List), soprano Brooke Iva Lohman is an active recitalist and performer throughout California. Lauded for her clear, high range, crisp, clean fioritura, and moving character portrayals, she is quickly gaining attention as an adept interpreter of some of the most demanding lyric coloratura repertoire for soprano.
Brooke has sung with many Southern California opera companies, including Opera Santa Barbara, Pacific Opera Project, Glendale Opera, Orange County Opera, and Independent Opera. Notable performances include Adele (Die Fledermaus), Monica (The Medium), the title role in the West Coast premiere of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Snow Maiden (Snegúrochka), Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte), Olympia (Les contes d’Hoffmann), Atalanta (Serse), Madame Goldentrill (Der Schauspieldirektor), and three of Gilbert & Sullivan’s well-known heroines: Mabel (Pirates of Penzance), Josephine (HMS Pinafore), and Yum-Yum (The Mikado). From 2013 to 2015, she was a Resident Young Artist with Riverside Lyric Opera, covering roles such as Suor Genoveffa (Suor Angelica), and Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi).
Brooke was recently named the Cal-Western Region Winner for the 2020 NATS Artist Awards competition and was awarded the Irvin Bushman Award, is a recipient of the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust grant, the Opera Buffs grant, the Opera Guild of Southern California scholarship, and the Northridge Arts Council scholarship. She received a MM with distinction in Vocal Performance from CSU, Northridge, a BMus in Vocal Performance from California Baptist University, and currently studies with Shigemi Matsumoto.
A lifelong student of music, Paul enjoys playing jazz bass. He has performed with Grammy Nominee drummer Randy Drake and currently studies with 6 string electric bass master Todd Johnson.
Paul practiced law for over three decades as an attorney for the County of Los Angeles specializing in trial advocacy, land use and workers compensation.
He resides in La Crescenta with his wife Carey and their herd of cats.