Heidi Moss relocated to the Bay Area from NYC in 2003 and has performed with such area companies as West Edge Opera, Ensemble Parallèle, Festival Opera, Pocket Opera, Livermore Opera, Fremont Symphony, Oakland Symphony, Sacramento Choral Society, West Bay Opera, and San Francisco Lyric Opera. She has been part of the San Francisco Opera family as Rosina in its outreach production of Rossini’s Barber of Seville and sang with the Adler Fellows in a premiere of Gang Situ’s opera The Grand Seducers. She also worked with composer/benefactor Gordon Getty to record his opera Usher House with both the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and the Russian National Orchestra. She was thrilled to be part of Ensemble Paralèlle and SF MOMA’s groundbreaking production of Four Saints in Three Acts, in August 2011.
Heidi has garnered recognition in major vocal competitions, including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (NY District first place winner), The Liederkranz Competition (winner), the MacAllister Awards for Opera Singers (semi-finalist), and New York Vocal Artists (finalist). She was one of three finalists (and the only vocalist) in the 2008 KDFC Classical Star Search, which resulted in a concert with renowned pianist Lang Lang.
Heidi was stricken with Bells Palsy in 2007, which left the right side of her face partially paralyzed. She continues to sing despite her disability and is grateful to those who have given her the opportunity to return to the stage. Her disability has inspired her to learn more about vocal physiology and pedagogy, particularly how they relate to facial musculature. She was blessed to have the support and advice of the late renowned pedagogue Richard Miller. Her recent mentor, W. Stephen Smith, author of The Naked Voice, has written a personal recommendation touting her teaching methods.
The Contra Costa Children’s Chorus
The girl sopranos singing soloist roles in Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms are from the Contra Costa Children’s Chorus. Since 1984, CCCC has been providing high-quality choral music education to children in the East Bay. Cofounded by Iris Lamanna and Sandy Warner, and now under the artistic direction of Andrew Brown, the chorus continues to enrich the musical life of its students, their families, and the community at large. Over the years, the chorus has grown to include five choir levels, an honors ensemble, and its own summer musical theatre program, Theatre Arts for Kids.
Girl Soprano Jennifer Lee is a senior at Northgate High School, in Walnut Creek. She started singing with the Contra Costa Children's Chorus 11 years ago, when she was in second grade, and she hasn’t stopped since, singing both classical music and musical theater. She has also played violin for 9 years. She plays on the Northgate women’s golf team and volunteers for a literacy charity based in Moraga. She hopes to enter college as a computer science major but continue music by singing in musicals, chorus, and with a private teacher. She currently studies voice with Karen Anderson.
Girl Soprano Emma Broback is so excited to be part of BCCO’s performance of the beautiful Chichester Psalms. Emma is a junior at Acalanes High School, in Lafayette, where she sings with the concert choir, chamber ensembles, and two a capella groups. Emma has had a passion for singing since she was a little girl, which led her to join the Contra Costa Children’s Chorus. She has been a part of CCCC for 11 years and is now a member of its advanced performing and honors ensembles. When she is not singing, Emma can be found swimming or playing the piano. She would like to thank her family and friends for all their love and support.