2008 Singing Festival Letter from Sharon Kaye, President SFBAC NATS

Dear SFBACNATS Members!

What a wonderful Singing Festival we had on March 15th. Our thanks to Alan Shearer, gracious host at California State University East Bay – Hayward. We appreciate all the logistical work you do to make an event like this run smoothly. Again, many thanks to April McNealy, who stepped in and orchestrated this huge event with only two months time and kept everything running like clockwork. Thanks also to the Board Members there and working all day: Dorothy Barnhouse, Joshua Elder, Sue Field, Diana Rae Ryan and of course April.

And now a thanks to all of you for your work and efforts. We had 25 teachers in attendance (working) and 165 student participants. Our two newest chapter members, Marina Lynch and Justin Montigne, jumped right in. Welcome Aboard! Everyone was ready for the day and excited to be there. The calm beginning arranged by April really set the mood and continued throughout the day. Congratulations to all of you for the evidence of good teaching in your students’ performances. Thank you for all of your efforts in their behalf. Each division showed the progression of learning happening in your studios. This is one of the best festivals I have attended.

A change to this year’s recital, to be fairer for all, the winner of each division sang one piece. There were truly wonderful singers and growth evident in each progressing division. The recital provided the perfect end to a fabulous festival. The teachers in attendance adjudicated and were happy to award the Barlow Award, the Emerging Artist and the Cohen Award to three very deserving singers this year. They are listed in the attached program. After Audrey Howitt, Treasurer, determines the net profit from the entry fees, the board will be able to determine the monetary award to each division winner. I have attached program modified with results which will be posted to the website soon and appear in the next newsletter.

Thank you, thank you, and thank you for a wonderful day of singing. I hope we are all invigorated and inspired to continue in the quest of beautiful singing. Bravi tutti!!

Sharon Kaye
President, SFBACNATS

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,