Student Recital Comments

“I was very pleased with the recital and felt a great sense of satisfaction after it was all over. I definitely want to make this a new tradition and will book next year’s date. It wasn’t as much work as I thought. We really need another teacher to start another recital here in the East Bay! ”
– Victoria Rapanan

“Even though I’m a relatively recent member of NATS, I started getting my students involved in the NATS-sponsored performing venues as soon as possible. Not only do these recitals provide invaluable performing experience for them, but it seems that there’s a special cachet in their minds in connection with NATS events–that they somehow have a deeper realization of being part of, along with many others, the great and illustrious Western vocal heritage, and an organization devoted to its service and propagation.
Thanks, NATS!”
– Vaida Falconbridge

“I have always had a secret desire to sing. Now that I am 45, I am finally doing it. Having a place ot sing in front of others is important. I love to sing along, but to give my ego up and sing as a gift to others is really a great thing… I hope I can continue to look forward to sharing these beautiful songs with others… after all, the music is what we are all here for right?”
– Diane Aurelis

“What a thrill to hear and be among my late blooming contemporaries! I am a middle aged man, and feel blessed to have found a teacher of the SFBAC NATS which provides us late blooming devotees a   venue!”
– Sulpicio Mariano

“I didn’t begin to sing until I was 57, and as I have gained confidence I’ve wanted to sing for other people. The “Late Bloomers” concert gave me this chance. I could work toward doing my best, get the fun of performing in a very relaxing setting, and be able to hear other singers who have come late to singing, for the pure joy of it.”
– Linda Johnson

“I am grateful for the Late Bloomers program as it was my very first time singing a solo. I was quite anxious about doing it, but when I was actually in the room with my fellow sympathetic students, I was able to relax and enjoyed the event immensely.”
– Jocelyn Bergen

Recital Coordinators

Singing Festival Winner’s Concert
April McNeely,

North Bay
Vicky Van Dewark,

Janet Campbell,
Sue Field,

South Bay
Katya Roemer,
Peggy Spool,

East Bay
Meghan Dibble,
Sue Field,
Victoria Rapanan,
Sarah Sloan,

San Francisco

Late Bloomers
East Bay, Eleanor Cohen,

The professional association for Bay Area voice teachers