Mozart 'Requiem' and 'Vespers': A Studio Effort / by Shauna Fallihee

There is no greater treat as a teacher than to watch your singers shine. 

Scratch that.  Singing WITH them is even better!

I had the immense pleasure of joining *nine* of my voice students in Mozart's glorious 'Requiem' and the lesser-known but delightful 'Vesperae solennes de confessore' with the San Francisco Choral Society and California Chamber Symphony.  The concerts were presented at St. Ignatius in SF.  An inspiring venue, to say the least!

No performance is without its hiccups.  As I stepped into my new snazzy new gown, I discovered a thigh-high slit that I hadn't noticed in the dressing room!  Thankfully it draped modestly and my lozenges gave me some much needed encouragement.

I managed to keep my leg in my gown and we delivered two very satisfying performances.  The concerts have already been praised on San Francisco Classical Voice.  I agree with the reviewer that the chorus sang with wonderful focus and intensity.  I will submit his assessment of my singing happily, without comment. 

Another highlight was sharing the stage with some of my favorite colleagues.  I was reunited with Kindra Scharich who was my partner in crime in West Bay Opera's production of 'Carmen' many years ago.  Michael Desnoyers and I sang a 'Nozze di Figaro' many years ago as well.  I had not sung with Eugene Brancoveanu before but he was also fabulous.  And of course, my beloved, nearly 25 year mentor, Bob Geary.

I could not be a happier singer or teacher.  Bravi Tutti!

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