It has been much too long since I last posted, but I have exciting news!
I once again participated in the Hal Leonard Vocal Competition, this time in the teenage division (I also participated last year). I competed in two categories – Art Songs and Musical Theatre. I placed as a finalist in the Art Songs and as a Semi-Finalist in the Musical Theatre. I was so thrilled to hear this news! Special thanks to my wonderful voice teacher, Ms. M, as I could not have done this without her help and guidance. I look forward to competing again next year!
Here are the links to my performances, if you would like to check them out:
I just recently finished the first movement of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3! I really loved playing this piece – its so playful and gentle, and certainly stylistically challenging! Below is a recording of me performing it. I hope you enjoy!
This past weekend I performed at my final voice recital of the year! It was once again held virtually, and I was so lucky to have my grandparents and my piano teacher, Ms. Irina, present in the Zoom room. I performed Nella Fantasia, which is the song constructed off the theme from the movie The Mission (I recently watched it and sobbed for two hours, wow, what a powerful film). Additionally, I once again recorded my own track on the piano – thank you so much, Ms. Irina, for your help with that! Below is a recording, please leave a comment with your thoughts!
Merry Christmas, Veselé Vánoce, and Happy Holidays!
I’m back to riding horses! There, I said it – and boy, it feels so good! However, I have left behind my jumping days and am now training exclusively in dressage. I am so fortunate to be able to take lessons at a private barn with my incredible coach, Ms. Laura. And then, of course, there’s Brembo – the magical and wonderful Chincoteague pony who I have the honor to ride. He’s actually a descendant of Misty of Chincoteague!
I have gone to two shows thus far, in which we have placed second both times. Additionally, in our last show we were the Champion reserve – woohoo!
In addition to riding, I have been working at the barn for a couple hours every Sunday morning. It’s so much fun!
I cannot wait to start showing again in the Spring. Below is a picture of Brembo (who we like to fondly call Mr. Eye Candy).
Due to the phenomenal technology we have today, I was able to perform at and attend my voice recital in October! I performed Touch the Sky from Brave, and recorded my own track on the piano. Additionally, I was so lucky that I could be joined by my grandparents in the Czech Republic, and a friend from Illinois. It was truly a magical moment!
Here is the recording from my recital – please leave a comment below and let me know what you think!
Life has been really crazy recently, hasn’t it? Personally, I’ve been keeping busy with my music. I submitted to the Hal Leonard vocal competition, a last-minute project that I had a ton of fun working on! My wonderful voice teacher Ms. M helped me prepare and was really flexible in setting up extra lessons. I submitted to two categories – Musical Theatre and Art Songs.
I recently received the results of the competition, and it turns out that in the Musical Theatre category I was a semifinalist, and in the art songs category I was a finalist! I was really excited about this. For the musical theatre category I had sung Reflection (from Mulan) and Born To Entertain (from Ruthless), and for the art songs I sang Ho! Mr. Piper and Oh, Shenendoah. Here are the recordings!
Can you believe we’ve already arrived in December?! Let me take a second to tell you about a recent performance of mine. Just a couple weeks ago I had my final orchestra concert for this semester! We prepared three pieces – the recordings are below.
This concert was particularly special, as we were joined by the incredible director of my school, Ms. Hawthorne! She changed her flight into Atlanta so that she could attend. I was so happy and appreciative that she came. My wonderful friend and teacher, Mme. Maryse, also attended as well as some family friends. Thank you to everyone who came – I really appreciate your support. 😊