ChamberSoul: In the Moment
A documentary film short following the journey of
a new composition from inception, arrangement, and rehearsal
into a full-ensemble, recording studio live performance,
and the story behind Shana’s self-described “ChamberSoul”.  



After a year of discussions and preparation, this project has been identified to give me the opportunity to not only express my artistic vision, but to more fully express my artistic *self* by documenting the creative and collaborative processes I’m continuing to develop through my self-defined "ChamberSoul".

The song commissioned for the film, "In the Moment", is my newest composition and is the absolute embodiment of ChamberSoul in both composition and performance. The film will document the North Carolinian origins of ChamberSoul and the process of taking this song from inception to performance through the filming of concept meetings, rehearsals, and finally the all-ensemble studio recording at Manifold, an internationally-recognized, state-of-the-art studio complex in Pittsboro, NC.

Michael Tiemann, co-owner of Manifold, sought me out after I returned from working with Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas to see if there might be a project of mine that they could help bring to light. Michael proposed that we document discussions about this concept of “ChamberSoul”, and also follow the production process of evolving a new composition from just an idea into full actualization, including concept meetings, rehearsals, production conversations, etc. The end result will be the unfolding of “the making and the doing”…a wonderful peek inside the creative process and just what’s involved for this independent artist to make the music in an authentic, meaningful way.

Full Letter of Support from Michael Tiemann, Co-owner & General Manager, Manifold Recording.

I am happy to support (Shana’s) artistic residency at Manifold Recording because she has all the attributes I have seen of artists who come to our Universities, who come to our stages from all over the world, and I think she has something as important to share as any of them do.
— Michael Tiemann, Co-owner & General Manager, Manifold Recording


The filming of "In the Moment" will take place at Manifold over the course of 3 days, employing the talents of 9 professional musicians and 1 string arranger. Manifold co-owners Michael and Amy Tiemann are primary sponsors/executive producers of the project, having donated all studio recording and filming efforts. Manifold’s chief engineer, Ian Shreier, is contributing his time and talents to record, mix, and co-produce the song.

Proceeds collected from this campaign will help cover musicians’ fees for rehearsal and recording, plus travel fees for visiting West Coast musicians. Shana has already secured $7,000 of the $9K necessary to fairly compensate her ensemble.

In addition to Shana’s unique vocals and cello playing, “In the Moment” will feature:

  • Rhythm Section: guitar, piano, bass, drums, percussion

  • Strings: cello & violin/viola

  • Vocals: background harmonies

  • Featured Flute Solo: Nicole Mitchell (Doris Duke Artist Award recipient)

The world-class musicians on the project include:
Nate Wingfield - guitar; James Wallace - piano/keys; Peter Kimosh - bass; Stephen Coffman - drums; Beverly Botsford - percussion; Paula Peroutka - cello; Omar Ruiz-Lopez - violin/viola; Lizzy Ross - vocals; Nicole Mitchell - flute; Jim Crew - string arrangement.