2017 was an incredible year for music making and personal growth. I feel complete gratitude for all that has happened and I would like to share some musical highlights from throughout the year.
In February, I was presented the Mary Payne Performance Award from the Sigma Alpha Iota Urbana Alumnae Chapter for winning first place in the Annual Urbana Alumnae Solo Competition. In April, I was awarded the Judy Riemenschneider Marderosian Memorial Music Scholarship by the School of Music, which is given annually to a upcoming junior in music education who is studying voice.
With the support of the ΣAI Summer Music Scholarship, I was able to travel to Italy to participant in the Scuola Italia's Summer Program for Young Opera Singers. I performed opera scenes from Handel’s Giulio Cesare (Cornelia), Verdi’s Falstaff (Quickly), Donizetti’s Lucia di Lamermoor (Alisa), and Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi (Zita). I learned so much from my teachers and coaches in Italy and it was wonderful to spend an entire month in the beautiful town of Sant'Angelo in Vado, Italy. To conclude my trip, I traveled to Milan, where I visited and saw an opera at the legendary Teatro all Scala.
PAN PIPES, "The Awards Edition"
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In August, I returned to the golden cornfields of Illinois to begin my junior year of college. I was absolutely thrilled to have been selected to become a member of Chamber Singers, the top university chorus. Singing in Chamber Singers has been an incredible experience because every week we get the opportunity to learn from the highly skilled musicians around us. Each person brings something important to the group, however when we perform, its never about the individual, but the music we create together. In 2018, we will be premiering Gathering at Orchestra Hall in Chicago, Lincoln Center, and at the Krannert Center for Performing Arts. For more information click here.
This fall, I also began the process of obtaining a minor in Latin American Studies. I joined a Brazilian Orchestra, where I play percussion and sing in my mothers' native language, Portuguese. This semester, I also began taking a Quechua language course. Quechua is one of the indigenous languages in the Andes, and the language which my grandparents spoke in the mountains of Ecuador. As the daughter of two parents who were born in South America, this minor has been an incredible tool for growing in my culture in an academic environment.
I am blessed to have studied voice with Professor Sylvia Stone, over the past two and a half years. She has supported my music career and development of my voice in many ways and I am very thankful to have her as a mentor in my vocal studies. The school year ended with our traditional semester Studio Recital.
With the official launch of my website I would like to thank everyone who has supported my artistic endeavors so that I may continue to have opportunities to perform and create music. I hope to use this webpage and blog as a way to stay connected with my friends and family members throughout the world. I am looking forward to 2018 and all of the musical adventure it will bring and I wish you all a healthy and happy new year! Cheers to 2018!