Local recording artist and vocal teacher, wants to see a more vibrant local music scene develop in the San Ramon Valley—particularly for the talented young musicians and performers who call it home.
This Sunday evening she will appear in a concert at the in Danville, and hopes to “bring the community together” in support of her vision.
Shahoian has a unique understanding of how pursing and showcasing musical talent early in life can benefit children.
At age 2, Shahoian started singing and by age 9, she was heralded as a child vocal prodigy. She appeared on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson," and “The Mike Douglas Show,” and performed with Liberace in Las Vegas.
Shahoian was said to have a mature soprano singing voice for her age, and drew comparisons to legendary opera singer Beverly Sills.
She says she maintained a demanding performance schedule through her high school years in Oakland, and it took a toll.
Stepping out of the spotlight, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Clinical Psychology at San Francisco State University.
Her love for music didn’t leave her, however.
She then earned a Masters of Music in Vocal Pedagogy from Holy Names University, and began a career as a teacher and mentor to other young singers. She has worked as a vocal teacher privately and in public schools for the past fifteen years.
Shahoian moved with her husband and two children to San Ramon seven years ago, and has been teaching at in Danville for the last year.
She says her training, and experiences as a child performer make her a “sensitive” teacher.
“I feel because I was such a young performer it gives me a greater intuition to work with young people,” she says.
Shahoian is a passionate advocate of the benefits of musical education.
Music programs are needed “for kids that excel in that area,” she says. ”It feeds everything else.”
The concert is part of Shahoian’s continued return to public performing.
She says her desire to write, record, and perform returned about five years ago.
In 2009 she released her debut CD “Waiting for You,” made up of contemporary pop favorites, classic standards, and her own original music.
She played two sold out shows to celebrate its release at the Rrazz Room at Hotel Nikko in San Francisco.
Shahoian says Sunday’s concert is also a teaching opportunity for her to expose her students to a live professional performance.
This ability to watch professionals in action is “powerful” for young performers, she says.
She wants young performers to have more access to venues close to home to practice and develop their own talent.
Shahoian says Sunday’s performance will feature contemporary and jazz standards, as well as original music.
She will be joined by John R. Burr on keyboard, Tatiana Ecoiffier from France on viola, Bill Belasco on drums, Sam Bevan on bass guitar, and Mike Williams on guitar.
Eve Marie Shahoian’s Evening of Melodic Melange will be on stage at the Village Theatre on Sun., March 27, from 5-6 p.m., with a reception from 6-7:30 p.m. to follow. The Village Theatre is located at 233 Front Street in Danville.
Cost is $25 for adults, and $10 for children. To purchase tickets visit www.villagetheatreshows.com or call (925) 314-3466.
For more information about Eve Marie Shahoian, visit her website.