MEET ALTO SECTION LEADER, KIRSTEN SHAH


I received my Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Michigan State University, where I sang on scholarship for both the voice/opera department and the choral department. I have performed lead roles in multiple operas, including “Donna Elvira” in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and “Flora” in Verdi’s La Traviata. Before moving to Texas, I sang with the international award-winning Detroit Concert Choir as their alto section leader, as well as a frequent soloist. I have sung in renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall, St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin. I even once sang with the late music star, Kenny Rogers, on one of his Christmas concerts. For the past 13 years, I have been an elementary music teacher in Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD. Additionally, I am the choir director at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Euless. Prior to moving to Texas, I was the choir director at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church in Farmington Hills, MI (a suburb of Detroit) for 12 years.



My first musical influence would be my maternal grandmother. She loved classical music and had been a piano major in college. In addition to her own playing, she loved to teach. Before I even started kindergarten, she had taught me the tried and true "Every Good Boy Does Fine" and "F A C E." As a young child, I would also go with her to visit nursing homes in our small, Iowa town, where she would organize and accompany sing-alongs for the residents. She was also our church organist.


I found the FWC on Google, believe it or not. After moving to Texas from Michigan, I had not been doing much of my own singing. I was only doing what was necessary to teach at school and direct at church, but I really missed it! So,I Googled singing groups and choirs in the DFW area and came across the FWC. Soon after, I auditioned for Dr. McCoy. At the end of my audition in 2016, he said, "I'll see you Monday night at rehearsal," and I have been singing with the group ever since.