Featured Vocalist with Orchestra and Big Band
Commission to Orchestrate for 50 Piece Orchestra and 17 Piece Big Band Combined
Upon experiencing Wallace’s’ 2002 debut as Composer and Arranger, Bill Houston, Director of the then Wayne Chamber Orchestra offered Ms. Wallace an opportunity to become the first singer to complete the daunting task of orchestrating and arranging for both the Wayne Chamber Orchestra and The William Paterson University Jazz Ensemble combined. The commissioning debut was performed, orchestrated and arranged by Ms. Wallace on the Warren/Gordon classic “The More I See You.” Instrumentation included the following: Chamber Orchestra; 3 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 3 Clarinets, 3 Bassoons, 4 French Horns, 3 Trombones, Tuba, Harp, Timpani, 8 Violin I’s, 6 Violin II’s, 6 Viola’s, 3 Celli’s, 3 Double Bass’s, Jazz Band, 5 Jazz Saxophone’s, 4 Jazz Trumpet’s, 4 Jazz Trombones, Piano, Contrabass, and Drums.
Michigan State University Concert Band (Rehearsal Conductor), Michigan State University Wind Symphony (Rehearsal Conductor), NJ Symphony Orchestra Celebrate America Series of July 4th Concerts (Singer), Recorded with The Wayne Chamber Orchestra and William Paterson Jazz Ensemble (Big Band), (Orchestrator, Arranger, Singer), Live at Blues Alley with the Blues Alley Big Band (Singer at age 16), Recorded with The William Paterson Jazz Ensemble (Big Band) (Singer, Arranger), Michigan State University Jazz Ensemble II (Rehearsal Conductor), Michigan State University Octet (Rehearsal Conductor), Queens College Jazz Ensemble (Big Band) (Singer) (Conducted by Jimmie Health)
Shunda also assisted legendary Jazz Composer and Arranger Frank Foster on his latest book entitled “Creative Orchestration”.
Ms. Wallace has studied Orchestral Conducting privately with Diane Wittry, Music Director of the Allentown Symphony in Pennsylvania, Music Director of the Norwalk Symphony in Connecticut and Music Director and Conductor of the Garden State Philharmonic in NJ; Ms. Wallace also studied Conducting with Wesley Broadnax and Dr. Tiffany Engle at Michigan State University.
Ms. Wallace has also conducted countless smaller ensembles ranging from octet, string quartet to smaller chamber ensemble.