Carla Lucero is originally from Los Angeles and graduated from CalArts in 1986 with a BFA in Composition. After college, Carla became the Director of Music at Hal Roach Studios, in Hollywood. She also spent 5 years as a composer in residence at Collage Dance Theater, during which time she won the Lester Horton award for “Best Composition in a Dance Production”.
Before moving to San Francisco, Carla became a partner at Kitchen Sync Studios, recording and doing session work with legendary artists and groups such as Concrete Blonde, Ice-T, Coolio, Mad Kap, and No Doubt.
Carla’s love of opera and classical music drew her to San Francisco, where her first opera, “Wuornos” was produced and then premiered on the Main Stage at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Her second opera, “Juana”, premiered at Theater Artaud.
In the last 8 years, she has been working internationally on several commissioned works in Mexico, Spain, Cuba and Chile. She is also the U.S. Director for the international music consortium, ComuArte.
In addition to teaching orchestration, theory and composition at the Academy of Art University, Carla also teaches for the San Francisco Opera and for New Traditions Creative School for the Arts.