Started from the Bottom Now We Here!

Started from the Bottom Now We Here!

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This week’s blog is about the hopes, dreams, and experiences that led me to Juilliard. I’m going to talk about some of my earliest influences, how I got involved in opera, and eventually, how I made it to Juilliard! I hope you’re able to relate to my journey and even see some similarities to yours!

 

EARLY INFLUENCES

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As a child, I was always a center-of-attention kind of kid. Now that I’m older, my onstage and offstage personalities are not as similar, but as a kid I always wanted to be watched. I was practically raised by the Disney Channel, so some of my earliest musical influences were stars of early 2000s television like Hilary Duff, Raven-Symone, and the cast of High School Musical. I came to New York City at age 7 for a theatre camp for kids, and that was my first and only time in New York until age 17. My parents new I liked to sing but never thought I’d make a career out of it.

 

FORMATIVE EXPERIENCES

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The first experience that got me started in opera was at age 9. My mom took me to an open call for a world-premiere opera in which they are holding auditions for supernumeraries. A supernumerary is a fancy word for ‘person-with-no-speaking-lines-who-walks-onstage-does-one-action-and-leaves’. I made $50 and earned my first operatic credit. The second was an audition for a newly-formed children’s chorus at the same opera house. This was the most important experience in my development as a singer. I learned everything I knew before Juilliard from this program. Unlike most people’s experience I found opera first, and then musical theatre (my second love). I continued to sing in children’s operas and musicals until graduating high school.

 

HIGH SCHOOL

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I sang with the children’s chorus from ages 10 to 14, before retiring from boy soprano. I found a voice teacher during my sophomore year that I worked with until I graduated high school. I was involved in high school theatre on and off for four years and worked with a few coaches in an internship program. I attend a performing arts high school, so any coaching I had was outside of school. During my senior year, I had a few sample lessons with teachers at various schools before deciding that Juilliard was the place for me!

 

DREAMS

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A lot of artists talk about having dreams of an operatic career as a kid, but that really wasn’t the case for me. I loved to sing but I don’t come from a family of musicians, so a career in music was not something I ever really considered. I liked to be onstage, so I just kept trying to improve as a performer. It wasn’t until I got to high school that I really, seriously considered a career in music. I now realize that I never really could have seen myself doing anything else. I had a lot of interests as a kid, but performing was the only thing I was really good at. If I hadn’t ended up in music school, I would have been a teacher. Teaching is sort of like its own type of performing.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES!!

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES!!

SNOW DAY GAINS AND LOSSES!

SNOW DAY GAINS AND LOSSES!