It is time for round two of this season's #BachtoBasics. This month we sat down with BSH Alto Vicki Gorman. An avid runner, life-long lover of Bach, and an advocate of the Houston food scene!
Read on to learn more about this BSH singer.
Hi Vicki. Thanks so much for joining me today! Let’s start with your hometown…
Glad to talk to you today Kristen! I was born in Corning, New York and grew up in Northern Pennsylvania.
Well we are glad to have you in Houston! How did you find yourself in the field of music?
Music has always been a big part of my life. I Studied music in college receiving a Bachelor in Vocal Performance at Ohio University. Then I went on to obtain a Masters in performance at New England Conservatory.
Wow that is quite an impressive background of music education. I am curious, how did music initially become a part of your upbringing and life?
Well when I was younger I started with lessons as most kids do. My parents both loved music and enjoyed it immensely. I specifically remember them always listening to different broadcasts of musicals, operas, choirs… It really always was a part of my life! Eventually my piano teacher recommended that I take voice lessons to help with expressiveness in my piano playing
How did you first come into contact with Bach Society Houston?
In 2010 my husband got the Houston Symphony Personnel manager job and I had heard of this great Bach Choir in Houston. So I went and checked them out, and the rest is history.
That is so awesome. Sometimes you really do just find yourself in the right place at the right time. What piece are you most looking forward to this year and why?
Well let me first say that I am very excited to be singing with the society this year!! I love getting to sing in the Nave and being surrounded by such wonderful artists is really a treat. If I had to choose one concert I would say that I am most excited to sing in the concerts that are being taken to college station and our upcoming projects with Sam Houston
Alright, so here is a super tough one… Why do you love Bach?
I love the way Bach captures life and community - you have these moments where we are singing the same melody and then everybody goes on their own musical journeys throughout the harmonies. He captures the essence of life in such a unique way.
Wow that is so beautifully put Vicki. He really was a master of beautiful music.
So, besides singing, what other hobbies could we catch you involved in during your free time?
I love to run! In fact, I am getting ready for my fourth half marathon! Other than that, I love to go out with my friends to other concerts I really enjoy all of the museums in Houston.
Besides #BSH what is your favorite part of living in Houston?
I love the food!! Houston has the best cosmopolitan food culture. Vietnamese, Korean BBQ, Indian, Tex-Mex… you name it, Houston has it!
Thanks for chatting with me Vicki, and giving us a look into your life and love of Bach!
Of course, my pleasure.