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Collins, Rhonda (1961/2-Present)

She is a contralto/mezzo-soprano singer born into a family where her father was a preacher and who started singing while still a child.

She sang as a soloist with the Alton Symphony Orchestra in Illinois, singing “Seguidilla” from George Bizet’s Carmen in their 1986 Spring Concert.   She has also been a member of the Saint Louis Chamber Chorus and sang on their 1998 recording A Spanish Christmas.  Today she can be heard singing as part of the Saint Louis Symphony Chorus after being with them for 15 seasons.

Outside of her musical life she is an elementary teacher in East Saint Louis.

Saint Louis Chamber Chorus Recordings
The Angel Gabriel (Traditional Basque/Sabine-Baring Gould )
SLCC 04 (CD: St Louis Chamber Orchestra: A Spanish Christmas)
Arranger: Edgar Pettman
ConductorPhilip Barnes

Here’s an SLSO promo for a performance of Berlioz “Damnation of Faust”…

Sources:

  1. http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/entertainment/stories.nsf/music/story/A61F605CB2B74F578625743D007B5ACD?OpenDocument
  2. http://www.altonsymphony.org/NewFiles/archive.html
  3. CD Liner Notes: A Spanish Christmas