"A retired music teacher and choral director in France, I have tried several choruses since I settled in New York a few years ago. Cecilia is the best one I have found. Music director Mark Shapiro is just great: every rehearsal is a masterclass for me: time-management, ability to have everyone involved when other parts than theirs are being practiced, the combination of great repertoire pieces and fascinating premieres, an impressive vocal technique, a tremendous academic knowledge. His group emails, giving both his technical instructions and supportive coaching style, are a very useful tool. Accompanist Marijo is fantastic, and there are a lot of volunteers who run the group in an effective way. And of course, there is also the prestige of singing at Carnegie Hall."