Tuesday, November 15, 2016

End of the Year Newletter, 2016

Seasons Greetings!

It's such a big task to summarize everything that's happened in 2016. It has been a wonderful year, both personally and professionally! In the spring, I had decided to move on from teaching at St. Matthew's and focus on building my career as a voice teacher, choir director, and professional singer. I was able to be part of a number of fantastic productions throughout the year! It is a wonderful thing to be creating this career out of something I love so very much!

In April, I had the great opportunity to raise money for Pocket Opera by participating in Sing For America's annual concert at the Palace of Fine Arts. I sang a solo from an excerpt of Mozart's Requiem, and got to share the stage with many fantastic singers! In May, I reprised my role as the beautiful statue, Galatea, in Pocket Opera's production of My Fair Galatea. Such a blast to see those cast­mates once again and give more to that charming role!

Summer arrived, and I got my chance to work with the team from Opera San Jose in their very first summer program! This Summer Training Program for Aspiring Artists offered workshops in period movement, vocal masterclasses, resume writing workshops, and a culminating scenes performance, where I sang as Donna Elvira from Don Giovanni. All of this was achieved in just two weeks! During those two weeks, I was also rehearsing with Pocket Opera, again, for their July production of La Vie Parisienne! There were some returning cast mates from Galatea, as well as some new friends on the stage, this production was uproarious and a lot of fun to perform.

In August, I organized an event to raise money for a Backpack Drive, supported by my church in Half Moon Bay. My friends, many of whom being music teachers, participated and sang or played in order to raise funds for this fantastic project. Over $500 was raised to support the purchase of school supplies for needy children. Our music was focused on children's themes, including Disney songs, fairy tales, lullabies, and more! We hope to bring this type of concert back to Half Moon Bay again in the future to support more causes in the community, (we will likely look into raising funds for the weekly Community Breakfasts, which feeds many local homeless people).

The heat of the summer continued as I made my way back to the Yuba­Sutter region for a special one­weekend production of Stephen Sondheim's Company! This event, produced by Yuba City's Acting Company, supported a children's theater program and raised thousands for the ongoing needs of producing children's theater productions. This type of training is immensely helpful, as theater arts can teach students much more than reading lines in a script! Kids learn, discipline, accountability, are often introduced to great pieces of literature, and learn about teamwork. I am proud to be a product of similar programs and to support the next generation of theater geeks!

Following Company, I returned home to immediately begin rehearsals with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus and Cappella SF. September was filled with fabulous performances of Verdi's Te Deum, Bach's Jesu Meine Freude and Britten's Hymn to St Cecilia. I was overwhelmed by the amazing musicianship of my colleague and honored to be part of such groups, both led by conductor Ragnar Bohlin. October returned to the swing of things with my voice studio, many students preparing for fall shows and auditions. The Holiday season brings me lots of fun and work! I hope to see people at some of the various music events that I will be participating in and hosting in the Bay Area this Holiday Season!

On December 11th, I am proud to be in charge of hosting the annual Coastside Community Christmas Sing at Coastside Lutheran Church in Half Moon Bay, CA. This hymn sing event is a celebration of Christmas in songs, lessons, and carols. The performance begins at 7pm, and is followed by a reception at the church. December 15th through 17th, I will be singing with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus again, in their annual performance of Handel's Messiah.

Throughout the holiday season, I will be caroling again with the Piccola Carolers. This will be my third year with this fun group! You can catch three or four of us out at a time, in full Victorian garb, singing your favorite Christmas and Holiday songs! Check my Facebook for specific dates, times, and locations of these performances.

If I have missed something or you would like to stay in touch, you can always check my performing schedule or connect with me on my professional Facebook page (www.facebook.com/SopranoLieslMichele) or on my website (www.mcpherrin.com)

Happy Holidays,

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