The famous question "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?" is usually answered with "Practise!"
I'll add, by joining The Cecilia Chorus of New York!
In September I successfully auditioned to be a member of the chorus. Under the baton of maestro Mark Shapiro, the Cecilia Chorus has a very high level of musicianship and is regarded as one of the top choruses in New York.
The past few months of rehearsal have been challenging and fun, building my sight reading skills, and helping to get my upper range back.
Last night the chorus performed at Carnegie Hall with a "A Bach Family Christmas." The program included Wachet auf ruft uns die Stimme by Johann Christoph Bach, Meine Seele erhebet den Herren by Johann Ernst Bach, Der Zippelfagottist (the world premier of a new comic intermezzo about J.S. Bach's quarrel with a bassonist) by Jonathan Breit, and the delicious Magnificat (Christmas Version) by Johann Sebastian himself.
It was such a thrill to sing on such a beautiful and historic stage, and even more special to have my American family in attendance!
Looking forward to our next concert in March at the Holy Trinity Church, where we'll be singing another world premier (Oedipus the King by The Brothers Balliett). We will also be back at Carnegie in May for the Brahms Requiem and a third world premier! Tickets and more info can be found at the Cecilia Chorus website.
A milestone has been reached... My first performance in New York City!
Last night I had the honor of singing with the Queer Urban Orchestra, performing Mozart's Ave Verum Corpus. The choir consisted of singers from several choirs, including the Mannes Colleges of Music and the New York City Gay Men's Chorus.
The QUO sounded wonderful performing Gerswhin's Rhapsody in Blue and Ives' Symphony No. 2. It was truly a treat to hear such beautiful music in the Church of the Holy Apostles.
Thanks to conductor Julie Desbordes for inviting me to be a part of this lovely concert!
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