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Viva invites singers to perform Mozart Requiem
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall, Sunday, June 22, 2025

Viva Preparation for Carnegie

Choir Rehearsals

In-person San Francisco Bay Area

Also Zoom live and recorded

Rehearsal dates TBA

Fall 2024

4 rehearsals


1 rehearsal per month

Sundays, 2–5 PM

Spring 2025

12 rehearsals

2 in January

2 in February

3 in March 

3 in April

2 in May


Bay Area Dress Rehearsals

Choir, soloists, orchestra

Friday, May 30, 7-10 PM

Saturday, May 31, 2-5 PM

Bay Area Concert

Sunday, June 1, 2025, 3 PM

Carnegie Singer Residency 2025


Thursday, June 19—Monday, June 23

Thursday, June 19

Arrive in New York City

Free time

Friday, June 20

First rehearsal

Massed choir & piano


hotel ballroom

Free morning/afternoon and evening


Saturday, June 21

Second rehearsal

Massed choir & piano


hotel ballroom

Free morning/afternoon and evening


Sunday, June 22

Dress rehearsal

Choir, soloists, orchestra

Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall


Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall

Post-concert Cruise

dinner, drinks, and dancing

and views of the NYC skyline and Statue of Liberty


Monday, June 23 

Residency ends

Times and venues TBA for rehearsals and concert

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Sing Mozart Requiem 

"Nearly twenty years singing with Viva include four soul-altering opportunities to perform Mozart's Requiem.  The Requiem's sweet nuance, its delicate dance, its mystery and deep emotion—Maestra Hoffmann expressively elicits these qualities.  I am so looking forward to the Requiem at Carnegie.  I encourage singers to join us in performing the most beloved music in the most iconic hall. 

Matthew Reeve, Viva bass section leader.

Sing at Carnegie

"Experience the magnificence of the most storied concert hall in the world—its rewarding acoustics, its elegance, and the privilege of performing on its awe-inspiring stage, imbued with the legacy of more than one hundred years of the best performers in the world." Shulamit 

Sing with Viva

"Viva la Musica has been my home choir for the past seven years and every year it gets sweeter.  The quality of music, professionalism, and artistry that Maestra Hoffmann leads with is unparalleledHoffmann.  Her dedication, love for what she does, and joy in the making is truly evident and what keeps me coming back. Join us!" Lauren Haber, Viva soprano soloist.


Sing with Shulamit

"Singing with Shulamit is truly a wonderful experience. She brings the music to life. Looking forward to experiencing Mozart Requiem at Carnegie with Shulamit on the podium!"

Carol Meyer, Viva Alto section leader.



Sing under the auspices of MidAmerica Productions

Professional concert management at Carnegie for over forty years.

Mozart Requiem in 2025 will be Viva la Musica's fifth MAP performance. 

From Shulamit:

 I invite choirs / singers to join me and Viva la Musica performing Mozart Requiem Sunday, June 22, 2025, in Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall, New York.

The concert is being produced under the auspices of MidAmerica Productions (MAP), Dr. Peter Tiboris, Founder and General Music Director. Chief Executive Officer James Redcay and a coterie of experienced MAP staff are already hard at work behind the scenes to produce the concert, including recruiting a massed chorus of 150 singers; the New England Symphonic Ensemble (, a 60-piece professional orchestra; and four professional soloists; and ensuring a full house.

MAP has a more than 40-year history of producing quality concerts of iconic music in iconic venues—giving musicians extraordinary and inspiring experiences. My 15-year relationship with MAP speaks to our mutual respect.

This slated performance marks my fourth time conducting Mozart Requiem, including performances in Dresden and Prague (at the St Simon and Juda Church where Mozart played the organ and where we all sat on the organ bench hoping to absorb Mozart vibes). It also marks my fifth concert under the MAP banner. I first brought my two choirs to Carnegie Hall in 2008 under the auspices of MAP, to sing John Rutter Mass of the Children in a massed choir under the composer’s baton. MAP invited me to return in 2009 to conduct Vivaldi Gloria, and in 2019 to conduct Dan Forrest Requiem for the Living. In 2023, Viva la Musica joined more than 200 choristers in a MAP British residency, performing under Rutter once more, this time his Magnificat in the fabulous Bath Abbey; and Ola Gjeilo Dark Night of the Soul under my baton, in St Paul’s, Knightsbridge, London, along with more repertoire and more conductors.

I am especially honored and excited to be invited to guest conduct Mozart Requiem, the most beloved work in the choral-orchestral canon, and part of my beating heart, and to perform this chestnut on the Perelman stage at Carnegie Hall, the most storied concert hall in the world. Here, Antonin Dvořák premiered his Symphony From the New World in 1893. For the last more than one hundred years, musical giants have performed at Carnegie. Their legacies imbue Carnegie with its fabled luster and inspire those of us fortunate enough to perform on the same stage. For me, the prospect of the upcoming Mozart Requiem concert— the combination of repertoire, venue, and large performing forces that the MAP concert promises—is irresistibly thrilling.

If your choir would like to participate as a group, please contact James Redcay of MidAmerica Productions for information.

If one or several singers would like to participate, they are welcome to register under the Viva la Musica group.

Join the nearly fifty Viva la Musica early-birds who will register by July 1, 2024, through the MAP portal at  Singers can register now and make their early-bird first installment payment by July 1. Or, if a singers miss the early-bird option, registration is still open until October 1, 2024.

I’d love to talk to you about this opportunity, and I’m happy to answer any questions or discuss any suggestions for collaboration. Please reach out—call or email—at your pleasure.

Musically yours,


Shulamit Hoffmann Ed D

Founder and Artistic Director, Viva la Musica!

Faculty, College of San Mateo

650-346-5084 (PST)

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Mozart Requiem

Lukas Church, Dresden, March 15, 2011

Viva la Musica! & the Lukas Church Choir and Orchestra

Deirdre Lobo-D'Cunha, Soprano

Wendy Morgan Hunter, mezzo-soprano
Brian Thorsett, tenor

Jordan Eldredge, baritone

Freddie Mendoza, tenor trombone

Shulamit Hoffmann, conductor

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