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Rona Shrira, contralto | Zefunot Culture

Zefunot Culture introduced Rona Shrira to its audience and awarded her a scholarship in 2016.

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Rona's musical career began in her childhood, as a choir member and soloist in the Zikhron Yosef Choir under the supervision of the conductor Ms. Tali Wiseman (1998-2001). Her acceptance to the prestigious summer course for arts in Massachusetts USA (2004), exemplified her devotion to the musical world. The fruitful collaboration with her supervisor led to a decade of joint work, as Rona performed as a soloist and choir member in the representative children choir of the city of Haifa and Dunie Weizeman Conservatory of Music and Yuval Center for Music. In these places she gained rich musical and performance experience, as she took part as a choir member in productions such as Rossini's La Cenerentola, Bizet's Carmen, and other concerts conducted by elite conductors such as Noam Sheriff, Ronen Borshevsky, Stanley Sperber, Raphi Kadishson, Gal Altrovitz and more (with The Haifa Symphony Orchestra). From 2006, Rona performed with the Bat-Shir choir, and was selected to perform in Pergolesi's Stabat Mater at Hecht Museum in Haifa (2006). Her full military service did not interrupt her musical development, and during which she continued with her singing lessons with Noa Bizansky and took part in artist classes with known singers. Rona won an excellence grant in music given to her by the cultural foundation of Haifa (2013). Rona learned vocal production with the singer Rona Israel-Kolatt. She performed as Monterone's daughter in Verdi's Rigoletto in a production of the Haifa Symphony Orchestra, under Maestro Arie Lipsky and the direction of Yulia Pevsner.

Today (2016), Rona is a third year student in the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in the track for vocal performance and musicology. Rona is studying for the third year at the vocal studio under Prof. Tamar Rachum-Roth. Rona is singing in the chamber choir of the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music under the conductor Maestro Ronen Borshevsky, and performs as a soloist in an Israeli songs workshop under the composer Reuven Sarusi. Rona also participated in a Baroque seminar, which was conducted under Drora Brok and Ayala Sikron, during which Rona participated in artist classes and in various collaborations with singers across the country. She also participated in an artist class with the conductor David Shemer and the Corepetitor Aviad Steer, where the focus was on Baroque repertoire, and solo and textual expression according to that period.

Rona is also a part of singers' octet, a chamber arrangement under the supervision of Maestro Ronen Borshevsky and conductors from the graduate students from the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music. In January 2016, Rona will sing the alt role from the "Qui Tollis" Duet (Rossini's Petite Messe) in the Mormon Church in Jerusalem under the conductor Maestro Ronen Borshevsky. Moreover, Rona will take part in a night of operatic arias in the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, where she will perform an aria from Handel's Rinaldo and Serse. In February 2016, Rona took part in a project funded by the Eric Ericson International Choral Centre (EIC) under the conductor Prof. André de Quadros. In this project, 24 singers (8 Swedish, 8 Arab and 8 Jewish singers) performed a concert in Sweden in the presence of the Swedish King and Queen. This project is dedicated to choirs composed of people from different countries and religions.   

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