Patrick was diagnosed with autism at two and a half years old. Now at twenty-eight he continues to struggle with language and language related social skills. He was an early phonetic reader, however, and demonstrated an ability to mimic radio and television jingles and commercials. He didn’t start piano and voice lessons until around 14 years of age but quickly demonstrated his musical ability and his gift of perfect or absolute pitch. He was a member of the award winning Mira Costa High school choir and the El Camino Community College choir. Patrick has become an accomplished singer, comfortable with classical, popular and jazz styles. He loves to perform for audiences large or small. His talented friends have helped him form the vocal group Storeytime where he finds both his voice and a strong social connection. He has acted in a television commercial and episodes of the FX Network show Legit, several short films, and various productions at Performing Arts Studio West (PASW) and just recently a well-reviewed play, A Reason to Love, featuring blind and autistic performers. In addition to singing with Storeytime he performs regularly with Rex and Friends, a charity dedicated to raising funds for blind and autistic singers and musicians.
Beth Rohde has been singing and directing jazz ensembles for 15 years. After graduating from Berklee College of Music, Beth relocated to Minneapolis where she directed the voice department and jazz ensembles at McNally Smith College of Music. During that time, Beth maintained a busy schedule as a studio singer and a jazz artist. Her CD was in heavy rotation on jazz stations, and she was regularly featured on Minnesota Public Radio. In 1997, Beth won the full-tuition Ella Fitzgerald Foundation Scholarship and attended the University of Southern California. While earning her Masters degree, she taught private students and directed the USC Concert Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Beth continues to perform as a solo artist and with various noteworthy acts!
Jamey Schrick is a veteran singer and actor from Iowa, now living in Los Angeles. He performs around the world with a number of vocal groups, including the doo-wop quartet The MoonRays, who were recently featured on FXX’s The League and on Disney Cruiselines; the Four Seasons tribute band Walk Like a Man, voted 2015 Entertainers of the Year on Princess Cruises; and Storeytime, a vocal jazz quintet and nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the abilities of people with autism. He is also lead singer and trumpet player for the Mortified After School Orchestra, and leads the tenor section for the acclaimed Choir of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Pacific Palisades. He teaches voice, music theory, sight singing, beginning guitar and trumpet at Coast Music Conservatory in Hermosa Beach. In his free time he hosts a YouTube “cooking” and travel show called Here Taste This with his wife Mary.
Kieran Moriah is a third year undergraduate at the University of California, Irvine where she is obtaining a degree in Urban Studies. She has been singing for 11 years and has extensive training in styles ranging from classical, to musical theatre, to jazz. At 13, Kieran started doing professional jazz gigs with a band and at only 17 years old she became a vocal teacher at Coast Music Conservatory in Hermosa Beach. Throughout her career she has been in over 10 vocal groups that have competed in California.
Singer, arranger and guitarist Michael Kohl hails from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and received his degree in jazz guitar and composition from Amherst College. He has performed professionally on over five continents from concert halls and stadiums to Catholic high schools and Orthodox synagogues.
In demand as a tenor, vocal percussionist and scat singer, Michael’s voice can be heard on numerous film and TV scores. In addition to playing for local artists in L.A. and beyond, Michael currently divides his time between Storeytime, his ’90s cover band After School Heroes, and Extra Lives, an instrumental quartet that makes live performance videos of classic video game music.
Michael toured for many years with Dr.Iven, XY Unlimited and Cloudwalkers and looks to the future with stars in his eyes and sweet five-part jazz chords in his heart.