Larkhill Choral Society (LCS) advertised for a new Musical Director in early June 2015. We selected her from seven applicants for audition in July 2015 following which LCS unanimously agreed to select her as our new MD.
Sarit has now been our MD for over two years and has demonstrated her ability and passion to improve our vocal skills as a bedrock for choral singing. She is clearly an extremely talented singer and pianist. She is also very hard working, has an engaging personality and shows great determination in raising our choral singing standards. She sets a high standard and expects us to rise to it. When we struggle she does not give up and invariably her perseverance shows through and we achieve the standard that she seeks. Unsurprisingly this young family woman is very conversant with modern and current IT and uses this media to help communicate with us. She has very ably built us a new website since our old one was not fit for purpose, enthusiastically keeps it up to date and manages its day to day running.
Her communications and administrative skills are excellent and she responds very promptly to routine choral society business. I have been surprised how near fluent she is in the English language both written and oral. She has no difficulty in engaging with us during rehearsals and communicating her wishes. She is sensitive to our feelings and emotions and very keen to get to know us all as individuals and our strengths and weaknesses when singing within a group.
Over the past two years she has shepherded us through three six successful concerts – Mozart’s Missa Brevis, Frostiana that included Durufle’s Quatre Motets, a selection of songs by Ola Gjeillo and Moses Hogan, a Jazz and Barbershop concert, Schubert Mass in C and carols, Handel’s Coronation anthems and supporting songs and finally a very successful concert this summer featuring South American music which was totally new music to our choir.
Overall, we have been very impressed with Sarit, her musical skills and the warm and engaging way in which she gets to know us. She has a wide and deep knowledge of many different types of music such as classical, folk and country songs, medieval and Gregorian chants, American spiritual, Jazz and Barbershop and South American music. She is an excellent teacher and is very skilful in encouraging us when we encounter unfamiliar music or difficult passages during rehearsals. She brings out the best in us and the proof is in the six very successful concerts she has generated for us in the past two years.
In sum she is an excellent and extremely capable teacher. We look forward to this very talented young woman being our Musical Director for a considerable time to come.
Chairman Larkhill Choral Society 15 Oct 17