Young singers will represent Park City at the Classical Singer competition
May 13, 2016
A group of young women between the ages of 13 and 18 who represent the Utah Conservatory in Park City will sing their hearts out at the Classical Singer competition and convention In Boston over Memorial Day weekend.
The prestigious annual event, which is held at the Weston Waterfront Hotel, will run from May 26 to May 30, said Aaron Mitchell, faculty director and co-founder of the Utah Conservatory.
"They will compete with 1,500 singers from all around the world," Mitchell said.
The singers confirmed to go are Aria DiCesaris, Ally Lanigan, Alley Randolph, Ingrid Iverson and Paisley Johnston.
The list also includes two — Alexa Wilcox and Madelyn Poston — who may or may not go, and one, Ellie Fischer, who isn’t able to go, according to Mitchell.
"The first two were approved to move forward in the competition, but their travels aren’t confirmed," he said. "Ellie also got through the auditions, and has gone before, but won’t go this year."
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In addition, the Conservatory is sending teachers Debra Cook and JoAnna Odom.
"The competition has different categories — classical and virtually vocal musical theatre — to accommodate different voices," Mitchell explained. "So the singers can compete both in the classical and musical theatre realm."
Within those categories are other divisions, including high school, university, young artist and emerging professional divisions.
The singers will compete for more than just awards.They will compete for $16,000 in cash prizes and $2.1 million in scholarships, according to Mitchell.
"There is also some scouting going on from people in the music industry," he said.
Before students are given the green light to compete in Boston, they must face an audition process that they can sign up for through Classical Singer magazine or online by visiting http://www.classicalsinger.com , Mitchell said.
"Some auditions take place at universities and in the past we’ve had singers go to Brigham Young University and Utah Valley University to audition," he said. "We, at the Utah Conservatory, hold one each year, as well, and most of the singers who are going this year auditioned here because they are from the area."
All the singers perform individually and the students that do well and get high scores are then invited to the national convention.
"It’s great for the Utah Conservatory because we’ve done this for years," Mitchell said. "We find that our students tend to do well getting into colleges through this."
Attending the competition and convention is also a good resume builder.
"It’s just a good performance experience for our students to see the professional level of singing that is comparative to the rest of the nation," Mitchell said. "It’s nice to see where that level is at, because the Utah Conservatory wants to create performers who can go out nationally and get work.
"Of course a lot of the kids may be a little young to be thinking of a music scholarship for college, but this competition does put things into perspective for them so they can be aware of what they need to work on," he said. "Sure, it’s fantastic if they win anything, but really the experience of it all, the learning process, is the goal."
In addition, the Utah Conservatory is a presenter at the event.
"We give lectures and that is really awesome, because it puts us in a prestigious position," Mitchell said. "Usually the presenters are big colleges that are known for their music programs and we’re really the only private school that participates."
An added bonus is that the girls from Park City are being spotlighted in the Classical Singers magazine.
"The magazine is doing an article about the trip and they are following two groups — our group and a group from China," Mitchell said. "The magazine will be out there during the trip as well, so it’s pretty exciting for us."
For more information about the Classical Singer competition and convention, visit http://www.classicalsinger.com/convention .
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