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SFSU conductor David Xiques on building versatility

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What is the theme of the concert? It’s been a yearly event for nearly 10 years now. We perform our fall repertoire with all the other student groups. This is one of our many concerts where we donate the proceeds to the Food Bank. It’s always part of our mission to give to the community, and we’re very proud of this continued effort to help the needy of our own city.

What do you love about teaching these students? What’s so exciting to me about working with these young adults is that they dedicate themselves on a daily basis to breathing as one. To me, that is so magical and inspirational. It’s an amazing choral experience and human experience to take part in something like this.

What kind of music do you teach? When I program my concerts, I have a strong desire to have multicultural music. I feel the style and techniques of a diverse repertoire strengthens the flexibility of the students so they can sing more than Mozart. We don’t ignore the masterworks, but we know there’s a large world out there. So we seek out diverse styles to see what we can learn.

shaughey@sfexaminer.com