Name: Danielle Reutter-Harrah
Voice type: Alto
SFS Chorus member since: 2011
Hometown: West Linn, OR
Music school(s) you attended: Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver (BM, ‘07), San Francisco Conservatory of Music (MM, ‘11)
Began singing: When I was 2 years old.
Musical inspirations: Frederica von Stade and Brigitte Fassbaender.
If I were not a professional singer, I might be a: National Park Ranger.
Favorite composers: J.S. Bach, Arvo Pärt, Steve Reich.
Favorite vocal works: Mass in B Minor (Bach), Te Deum (Pärt), 1610 Vespers (Monteverdi), Weihnachts-Oratorium (Bach).
This season, I am really looking forward to: Ivan the Terrible, Shostakovich Symphony No. 11 (which was mind-blowing), Andras Schiff!
When I’m not working, what I enjoy doing most is: baking German cakes, knitting, borrowing my roommate’s beautiful white boxer to romp through San Francisco’s stunning parks.
Recent reading: Flannery O’Connor’s short stories, Pip Pip by Jay Griffiths, In Watermelon Sugar by Richard Brautigan, Game of Thrones.
On my CD player/iPod: Stereolab, Deerhoof, Jasrai, Sleater-Kinney.
Favorite things to do in the Bay Area: Walking around the city! Specifically the Sutro Bath ruins because it’s beautiful and dramatic right there on the ocean, Lands End with its gorgeous viewpoints, Twin Peaks, Bernal Hill, even just the view of downtown from Alamo Square Park. It’s all so stunning!
Plus: I am in a brand new voice and guitar duo with my friend and fellow conservatory student Adam Cockerham. He plays lute, theorbo, and guitar. We are called Jarring Sounds and we specialize in early music and 20th century music. Our repertoire includes Italian madrigals, French Airs de Cour, Dowland, Purcell, Brazilian folk songs, and cycles by Britten and Stephen Goss. We strive to find the limits of expression and emotion in only one voice and one plucked instrument.