Sally Porter Munro
Sally Porter Munro, mezzo-soprano is a native of London, England and a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, England. While living in England she sang with the English National Opera, Royal Opera de la Monnaie in Brussels, and as an oratorio soloist in Europe. She also performed with the BBC Singers on radio and television. She relocated to New York City where she was soloist with many choirs, her wide repertoire spanning Early Music to 21th century works. Since moving to San Francisco, Ms. Munro has sung with Pocket Opera, Berkeley Opera, North Bay Opera, San Francisco Lyric Opera, Bear Valley Music Festival, Lake Tahoe Festival, and the San Francisco Opera. Her roles include Dorabella (Cosi Fan Tutte), Cherubino (Marriage of Figaro), Siebel (Faust), Tisbe (Cenerentola), Beppe (L'Amico Fritz), Emilia (Otello), Rosina (Barber of Seville), Adalgisa (Norma) and Charlotte (Werther).
Ms. Munro made her debut with the Oakland East Bay Symphony Orchestra as a soloist in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and performed the role of the Duchess in the American premier of the opera 'Powder Her Face' by Thomas Ades with Kent Nagano and the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra. She sang as soloist with the San Francisco Russian Chamber Orchestra and also The San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. She is a full time member of The San Francisco Opera Chorus and has sung roles including the Beggar Woman in Benjamin Britten's 'Death in Venice' and a Bridesmaid in Mozart's 'Marriage of Figaro'.
Sally has given many recitals with the San Francisco Lyric Quartet and the Capriccio Quartet as well as solo concerts in the Bay Area, New York City, and London. Her concertizing has taken her to Cape Town, South Africa where she gave a number of recitals and performed with the Cape Town University Orchestra. She was invited to St Petersburg, Russia where she performed with the Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet as part of the concert series of the Festival of the White Nights. Since then, Sally has forged a close relationship with the Quartet, giving concerts in St Petersburg, New York, and California. She has also performed as soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of Novgrod, Orchestra Classic in St Petersburg, and sang a solo recital in Archangel.
Sally enjoys collaborating with contemporary composers and has premiered works by Allen Shearer, David Irving, Marge Wheeler, Louise P. Canepa, Peter Dyson, and the noted British composer, Ian Venables.
In September 2004, Ms. Munro and the pianist Laura Dahl gave their first recital together as cofounders of Music by the Mountain an annual chamber music festival in Mt. Shasta, California. Music by the Mountain also sponsors other concerts, workshops and outreach programs to local schools and colleges.
In 2014, Sally together with Mathew Chacko, founded the Sunset Music and Arts series, which has brought acclaimed artists to the Sunset District of San Francisco. The concerts are performed at the Church of the Incarnation where Sally holds the position of Choir Director.
Sally Munro has an extensive singing teaching practice in San Francisco. After 20 years teaching with the San Francisco Girls' Chorus, she joined the faculty of the Young Women's Choral Projects of San Francisco. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (www.nats.org). Sally was first introduced to the Alexander Technique when she studied with Ron Murdoch in London, then continued her studies with Beret Arcaya in New York. She is a graduate of the Alexander Technique Institute of San Francisco. Where she trained with Frank Ottiwell. In April 1996 she was certified as a teacher by The American Society for the Alexander Technique. Sally specializes in teaching the use of the voice at The Northern California Center for the Alexander Technique, and is a member of the "Bay Area Alexander Technique" - an organization of Alexander Teachers in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Samples of Sally's Singing
by Ivor Gurney Robert Schwartz, Pianist
"Amour, viens rendre a mon ame",
by Christoph Gluck Robert Schwartz, Pianist