GABRIELA ESTEPHANIE SOLIS ALTO/MEZZO-SOPRANO

Specializing in a variety of early, sacred, and concert
repertoire as both a soloist and ensemble member.
Currently based in San Francisco, CA and Notre Dame, IN

 

About

Ms. Solis began her professional exploration of early and sacred music as a section leader, soloist, and cantor in the St. Ann Choir, where she sang Gregorian chant and Renaissance polyphony under the direction of Dr. William Mahrt of Stanford University. As a part of her studies she received a full scholarship to attend the Church Music Association of America’s annual Colloquium on Gregorian chant, and has also worked with international chant scholars Franz Karl Praßl and Katarina Livljanić .

Ms. Solis is committed to choral and chamber ensemble performance. She frequently performs masterpieces of the Baroque with the American Bach Soloists under the direction of Jeffrey Thomas as a part of the American Bach Choir. In the summer of 2015, she attended Yale’s Norfolk Chamber Music Festival Chamber Choir and Choral Conducting Workshop as a choral fellow and alto soloist under conductor Simon Carrington. Most recently, she joined Gaude, a new San Francisco-based 8-voice a cappella ensemble directed by Jace Wittig. Additionally, she has experience singing Gregorian chant, Anglican chant, and Renaissance polyphony for the service of Compline with Endersnight.

Ms. Solis is equally dedicated to her work as a soloist, and frequently performs in both concert and operatic contexts. After performing as a soloist in Biber’s Missa Salisburgensis and other performances at the 2013 American Bach Soloists Festival and Academy, she returned to the summer festival in 2014 as a soloist in Bach’s B Minor Mass. Bay Area audiences have seen her perform with various local groups including Chora Nova, the UC Berkeley University Chorus, the Contra Costa Chorale, and the California Bach Society. With these groups, she has performed solos in pieces by Monteverdi, Pergolesi, Vivaldi, Zelenka, Haydn, Mozart, Elgar, and Holst. At San Francisco State University, she has had the opportunity to perform lead roles in opera productions: in 2015 she sang the role of Endimione in Cavalli’s La Calisto, and in 2016 she performed the role of Bradamante in Handel’s Alcina – both under the direction of soprano Christine Brandes. In the summer of 2017 she attended the Amherst Early Music Festival and, under the mentorship of Julianne Baird, performed scenes from Cavalli’s L’Erismena.

In addition to her abilities as a vocalist, Ms. Solis is an accomplished flutist and percussionist. She studied flute under Kassey Plaha and Mimi Carlson, and won the 2012 Santa Clara University Concerto/Aria Competition – resulting in her performing Cecile Chaminade’s Concertino with the Santa Clara University Orchestra. As a member of the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets, she was a part of the ensemble that won High Percussion in the Open Class division at the 2008 Drum Corps International finals in Indianapolis, Indiana. She was also awarded the title of  “Most Outstanding Percussionist” for the group.

Additional awards include first place in the Senior Vocal division of the Music Teachers’ Association of California VOCE competition, first place in the Art Song and Oratorio divisions of the San Francisco Bay Area NATS competition, and first place in the Advanced College division of the Indiana NATS Vocal Competition. Ms. Solis received her Bachelor of Arts from Santa Clara University, magna cum laude, and was the recipient of the university’s Arrigo and Catherine Descalzi Prize for artistic growth and dedication to the art of music.

She currently is in her second and last year at the University of Notre Dame, where she is working toward a Master of Sacred Music degree. While at the university, she has been able to organize and perform major works of sacred music, such as Bach’s, Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden (BWV 1083) for her first-year recital, Buxtehude’s Jesu Membra Nostri for January of 2018, and Vivaldi’s Nisi Dominus for her second-year recital. Teachers include Stephen Lancaster and Kiera Duffy.  

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Upcoming

American Bach Soloists
Handel’s Messiah
December 13th – 17th, 2017
San Francisco/Davis, CA

Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri
January 21st, 2018
University of Notre Dame, IN

Second-Year Recital
Vivaldi’s Nisi Dominus
February 23rd, 2018

University of Notre Dame, IN


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Gaude
August 26th – 27th, 2017
San Francisco, CA

American Bach Soloists
Bach’s B Minor Mass
August 6th and 13th, 2017
San Francisco, CA

Amherst Early Music Festival
Scenes from Cavalli’s L’Erismena
July 10th – 16th, 2017

New London, CT

First-Year Graduate Recital
Tilge Höchstermeine Sünden, BWV 1083
February 19th, 2017
Notre Dame, IN

University of Notre Dame Chorale
Handel’s Messiah

December 2nd – 3rd, 2016
Notre Dame, IN

Gaude
August 20th – 21st, 2016
Palo Alto/San Francisco, CA

Contra Costa Chorale
Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass
Ralph Vaughann Williams’s Serenade to Music
May 14th and 15th, 2016

Berkeley/Walnut Creek, CA

San Francisco State University
Handel’s Alcina
Role of Bradamante

April 28 – May 1st, 2016
San Francisco, CA

UC Berkeley University Chorus
Haydn’s Missa Sancti Hieronymi
Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore
April 9th, 2016
 Berkeley, CA

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