"So you are not referring to the spiritual/transcendent aspect of the choir and what it is supposed to be doing exclusively refer only to the aural aspect of a choir, no? In that case, if it is a black choir then you are assured multiple eargasms but…"
J. Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya who recently died in a consulate attack, was four classes behind me at Piedmont High. Anyone wishing to participate in current developments just starting to be thought of to honor Chris's memory, please let me know. In the meanwhile, here's some information you may enjoy concerning Chris's background.…See More
This is a cut and paste of an e-mail I received from "Celebrate Los Osos". It's a worthy organization to join.Greetings Volunteers and Contributors,We have received a heart-rending request for help from the Baywood Navy folks. We are sure many of you will want to respond. Here is their message:Eighteen years ago (1994) a small group of the Baywood Navy members, observing the condition of the pier, decided that they would take matters in their own hands. Gathering materials they spent an…See More
A resident of Mount Dora, Lake County, Florida, since May 2010, previously on California's Central Coast since 2005, and the San Francisco Bay Area for decades (with college years in Stockton and Reno, and later, in the 1980s, in Washington, D.C. for work, and grammar school years in Chevy Chase, Maryland), with sporadic periods of work in North Idaho and Los Angeles since 2006. I prepared for sale what was once the largest and most famous working ranch in North Idaho, and in doing so, had to leave the Cayucos Community Choir, which I founded and directed. By education, I double majored in Voice Performance and Music Education, (Conservatory of Music at the U of the Pacific in Stockton, CA, and the U of Nevada Reno). I also performed professionally with the Nevada Opera while in college, and simultaneously served as an in-house makeup artist. My varied work history includes: executive secretary to a senior partner in an international administrative law firm specializing in nuclear energy; sole computer operator in a full service ad agency where I was entirely responsible for the final edit in all that was produced by the agency in print media, radio and television; secretary in a private internal medicine practice; fundraising in the performing arts (continuously in the top three in sales); marketing and sales in high tech; five years of banking - plus so much more, and seemingly always singing on the side. I've sung with the San Francisco Symphony, Marin Symphony, Diablo Symphony, the Russian Philharmonic, the Nevada Opera, the Golden Gate Opera, the San Francisco Choral Society, the World Festival Choir, the UCSF Gospel Choir, the San Francisco Community Music Center, Eglise Notre Dame des Victoires (San Francisco), Na Leo Nahenahe (San Francisco), St. Dominic's Catholic (San Francisco), Grace Cathedral (San Francisco), Dominican University (San Rafael), St. Paul's Episcopal (Oakland), St. Clement's Episcopal (Berkeley), San Geronimo Presbyterian (CA), Tiburon Baptist (CA), St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church (Petaluma), Georgetown Presbyterian (Washington, D.C.), All Saints' Episcopal (Chevy Chase), Trinity Episcopal (Reno), Washington National Cathedral, more symphonies, churches, oratorio societies, etc.... My most memorable singing engagement was in l'Arena di Verona, benefitting the United Nations. We had two sold out concerts of 15 thousand seats each, performing Verdi's Requiem under warm, clear skies with a full moon. Soli included Pavarotti, Plishka, Sweet, and Zajick. Conducted by Lorin Maazel, one of the concerts was attended by Princess Diana and her entourage, before the divorce. My hotel was the Gran Torino in Abano. I had quite the cultural education there in the three swimming pools, never having been aware of European swim attire customs. It was an honor being appointed Special Ambassador to the UN, along with 3,000 other people from all over the globe, and having the concert broadcast on television in Italy.
Voice teachers include: Gloria Grosso (College of the Holy Names, Oakland, CA); Dickson Titus (U of the Pacific Conservatory of Music); Ady Raven (Mills College, Oakland, CA); Ted Puffer (Dir. of the Nevada Opera); Ted Rowland (UNR); Naunie Steele (UNR); Elisabeth Parham (SF Conservatory of Music); Roberta Wain-Becker, Juanita Newland-Ulloa and Ellen Glikbarg Shea, all from the San Francisco Community Music Center; Kathryn Harvey (Dominican University); coaching with Zoryia Persidsky of the San Francisco Opera and Marcie Stapp, SF Conservatory of Music; master classes in voice with Maria Martino and through years with the Pacific Voice Conferences.
My Hobbies & Interests:
In the throes of change concerning these topics...
Passionately romantic madrigals from the Renaissance, especially when rendered by excellent singing having secured extremely artistic expression; the recording of Salli Terri singing with guitarist Laurindo Almeida and flautist Martin Ruderman performing Bachianas Brasileiras Number 5 composed by Heitor Villa-Lobos; Morten Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna with the Los Angeles Master Chorale; watching my brother (he's Timpanist of The Stockton Symphony) performing Leist's Timpat; the bagpipes!
Favorite Movies / TV Shows:
Sense And Sensibilities; The Sound of Music; Gone With The Wind
The Da Vinci Code - so many books throughout life! As a child, all of the Pippi Longstocking and Narnia books, Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, (I was so enthralled with The Jabberwocky that I memorized it, and, to this day, it remains my favorite poem!). The books I read nowadays hardly affect me the way they did as a child.
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