Shauna Kreidler Michels
Soprano Shauna Kreidler Michels, a D.C.-area native, is recognized for her versatility, expressive vocal storytelling, and her warm, rich tone. A seasoned performer of new music, she has collaborated with composers to premiere chamber and solo works since her undergraduate studies at Shenandoah Conservatory, where she also received her master's degree. Ms. Kreidler Michels has appeared as a soloist with the City Choir of Washington, Washington Master Chorale, Front Royal Oratorio Society, Arts Chorale of Winchester, Westmoreland Festival Chorus, Trinity Chamber Orchestra, Frederick Symphony Orchestra Camerata, baroque ensemble Three Notch'd Road, and as a guest soloist at many regional establishments. Regional and world premiere performances include Louis Andriessen's La Commedia, Tawnie Olson's No Capacity to Consent and Incantation, and Baltimore composer Joshua Bornfield's Reconstruction and Beatis Videamus, as well as works by Lori Laitman, Jennifer Higdon, Donald McCullough, and Julian Wachner.
Oratorio solo credits include Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610, Vivaldi's Gloria, Buxtehude's Membra Jesu Nostri, Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, Handel's Messiah, Mendelssohn's Lobgesang, Haydn's Theresienmesse, Saint-Saëns' Oratorio de Noël, Verdi's Requiem (excerpts), Fauré's Requiem, Vaughan Williams' Mass in G Minor, Kodaly's Missa Brevis, Stravinsky's Mass, and Lang's Little Match Girl Passion. Recent highlights include the North American premiere of Giorgio Federico Ghedini's little-known Concerto Spirituale (1943) with the FSO Camerata.
An active consort singer, Kreidler Michels is a founding member of chamber vocal ensemble Third Practice as well as Annapolis-based Church Circle Singers. She is a student of Elizabeth Bishop, and resides in Bethesda, MD, with her husband and their two cats. She can be heard most Sundays singing in the professional octet of St. Stephen Martyr Catholic Church in Washington, D.C.