A frequent oratorio and concert soloist, Shauna Fallihee, soprano, has sung with San Francisco Choral Society, Masterworks Chorale, Albany Chamber Orchestra, NothingSet Ensemble, Pacific Collegium, S.F. Composer’s Chamber Orchestra and AVE. She made her Carnegie Hall solo debut in 2003 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra as a featured singer in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy under Bernard Haitink. Shauna has served as a voice instructor and vocal clinician for numerous Bay Area high schools and choruses. She is currently a www.buy-trusted-tablets.com voice instructor at Miramonte High School and Pacific Collegium’s boy choir. Shauna teaches privately in Oakland. Her vocal pedagogy videos are featured on the Chorus America website. Shauna holds a B.M. in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music and an M.M. in Vocal Pedagogy from Holy Names University.
Yuhi Aizawa Combatti, a Japan-native soprano, is a recent graduate of Westminster Choir College. Yuhi made her operatic debut at Spoleto Festival in 2005 as the Swallow in the U.S. premiere of Braunfels’ Die Vögel. She has also performed as a soprano soloist in various masses and oratorios including Haydn’s Missa Brevis and Lord Nelson Mass, Messiah, Jephta, Fauré’s Requiem, and Vivaldi’s Gloria. As a member of Westminster Choir, she performed with New York Philharmonic under the direction of Lorin Maazel, Charles Dutoit, Harry Bicket, and Joseph Flummerfelt. Specializing in Baroque and Renaissance performance, she has performed numerous works by composers including J.S. Bach, Scarlatti, Buxtehude, Vivaldi and Daniel-Lesur in New York and Princeton with Westminster Kantorei conducted by Dr. Andrew Megill.
Soprano Christa Tumlinson is excited to be in her third season with Volti. A transplant from Kansas via Southern California, Christa is absolutely loving the Bay Area. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Voice from California State University, Fullerton, with emphasis in both Classical and Jazz. She has sung professionally with several choirs, orchestral groups, and jazz bands, taught middle school choir and maintained an active private voice and piano studio. Now living in San Francisco, Christa is working for ACFEA Tour Consultants, arranging international performance tours for music groups.
TJ Togasaki joined the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir at age 7 and has been involved with the organization ever since, having joined the administration team 9 years ago. She finds it both inspiring and a bit frightening to note that she has sung under Bob’s baton for over half her life. TJ has also sung with the Schola Cantorum, Pacific Collegium, and International Orange Chorale. This is her ninth season with Volti and she is delighted to work with such remarkable singers and composers.
Soprano Diana Pray joins Volti for fall 2011 following chamber performances of Philip Glass’s Train 1 with sfSound and Stravinsky’s Les noces with Dominique Leone. Specializing in early, Baroque, and modern music, Diana made her Redwood Symphony debut in Steve Reich’s Tehillim and appeared as the soprano Angel in Schutz’s Weinachtshistorie with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. She cantors at St. Ignatius Church and has made her choral career with groups including American Bach Soloists, SF Opera, and SF Renaissance Voices. Featured in many San Francisco special events, Diana has sung at the York Hotel Plush Room, the Julia Morgan Ballroom, and the Asian Art Museum. Recently she has delved into her Hungarian heritage, joining the concerts of instrument maker and ethnomusicologist Ferenc Tobák.
Mezzo soprano Cecilia Lam debuted with Volti for the Fall 2011 concerts. She is an East Coast transplant who has found a welcoming and fulfilling home in the Bay Area choral world. Before joining Volti, Cecilia sang with Pacific Collegium, Artists’ Vocal Ensemble, Chalice Consort, International Orange Chorale, Schola Cantorum, and the San Francisco Festival Chorale. In addition to singing in vocal ensembles, Cecilia has played piano since the age of four and currently enjoys bringing friends together to explore piano quartet repertoire. She holds an MS/MBA from Northeastern University and a Bachelor of Arts from Wellesley College, where she studied voice with Sally Sanford and piano with Jenny Tang.
Alice N. Ko, soprano, is excited to be joining Volti this season. An active performer in the Bay Area since 1997, she has performed the roles of 2nd Spirit (Die Zauberflote) with Opera San Jose, Damon (Acis and Galatea) with Opera non troppo, and The Soul (Ordo Virtutum) with San Francisco Renaissance Voices, among others. She has also sung with Berkeley Opera, West Bay Opera, Lamplighters Music Theatre, San Francisco Symphony Chorus, and EUOUAE. She is currently soprano soloist at Eglise Notre Dame des Victoires in San Francisco. As an actor, she has trained at the American Conservatory Theatre as well as in the Meisner Technique under Rachael Adler. Alice holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from UC Berkeley and maintains a private piano studio in San Francisco.