Meet the Semi-Finalists for Vocal Music – Orange County Register

From a list of 91 nominees, the following 12 students were named semi-finalists for the 2020 Vocal Artist of the Year. The students were chosen by a panel of teachers based on written statements, performance videos and artistic resumes.

Included are links to their work, the specialty in which they were nominated, and quotes on how they relate to their profession.

Vocal musicians have been nominated in classical, non-classical and commercial music specialties.

In the final round of selection, students are interviewed by a panel of prominent arts professionals and faculty members from Southern California universities, as well as a few representative high school teachers. Interviews include a live presentation by the students followed by a question-and-answer session. In line with COVID-19 restrictions, the final round of selection has been postponed in the hope that we can interview the students in person sometime in June.

A finalist in each specialty will be nominated and from among these finalists, an Artist of the Year in each of the seven disciplines – theater, dance, instrumental music, vocal music, film, craft visual arts and computer-aided visual arts – will then be named Artist. of the year 2020.

The artists of the year will be announced this summer.

This program is generously sponsored by Chapman University College of Performing Arts. Additional support is provided by Laguna College of Art + Design and Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University.

If you are interested in becoming an Artist of the Year sponsor, contact Heide Janssen at [email protected]

Olivia Aniceto, Junior, Huntington Beach High School

Speciality: Non-classical voice

“I couldn’t and still can’t get enough stage time. I have devoted most of my life to performance and although I am a dancer by training I connect the most with my voice. Singing has always been the best part of my life. It seems that I never stop singing and I don’t know how I could live without it. Growing up, musical theater was an outlet for me. It was a place where I could show myself to everyone and do something that I was proud of and worked hard on. Every day I get stronger and better at my job and find myself finding new things to love.

Ethan Danto, senior, Orange County School of the Arts

Speciality: Commercial voice

“When I play, I can share my emotions, my struggles and my accomplishments through my own music. This is where I feel most fulfilled, when I am able to move someone with my own music. As an artist, I can feel heard in a world where listening to others is often impaired. People can relate to art. This is why I believe that an artist is someone who creates bonds and brings people together. “

Elizabeth Ford, Senior, Buena Park High School

Speciality: Classical voice

“Being an artist, I think, is very difficult and maybe stressful, but the satisfaction of doing a task and the applause after singing on stage is one way of defining myself as an artist. “

Kristienne D. Guerry, senior, JSerra Catholic High School

Speciality: Non-classical voice

“Although it always seemed to be there, I think the moment I found it became my passion rather than an imposition was when I learned to connect music to my faith, my experiences. and my emotions. It was less about playing and more about glorifying God through the gifts He has given me. I can now confidently say that I am focusing a lot more on having fun and giving it all away Although there is still a lot of hard work and seriousness in what I do, I realize that it’s not the end of the world if my voice breaks once or if things don’t. not quite as expected.

Camille Hunter, senior, Woodbridge High School

Speciality: Non-classical voice

“My work in music has been a crucial factor in shaping who I am today and how I view the world around me. I feel like it is through music that I am able to look at situations or people with deeper understanding and appreciation. The majority of my daily musical work is done in group dynamics such as the school choir, church choir or other performance groups. Participating in these daily activities for several years has taught me to work with and accept all types of people, gathered within the same team.

Catherine Johnston, junior, Orange County School of Arts

Speciality: Classical voice

“In the future, I would like to pursue a career in opera. I want to share my love of opera and classical singing with the world. More specifically, I would like to adapt my performance to the Alzheimer’s community. Studies show that music can tap into childhood memories and dramatically reduce the agitation and behavioral problems that are common with illness. I have witnessed firsthand how impactful and beneficial music can be for a patient with Alzheimer’s disease, so I would like to extend this to others who are struggling with the disease.

Grace Melody Juell, senior, Orange County School of the Arts

Speciality: Classical voice

“Overall, all artists are storytellers. As an artist, I consider myself above all as a storyteller. If you think of the real purpose behind all art forms, this is it. When I sing, I tell a story, when I play, I tell a story, when I draw and paint, I tell a story, when I write music, I tell a story, and the obvious, when I write , I’m telling a story. If my singing doesn’t make my audience feel something, no matter how technically correct I performed the song, then my performance has no meaning or purpose.

Ava Rae Kuntz, junior, Orange County School of the Arts

Speciality: Classical voice

“Simply put, as a classical singer, being an artist means being able to sing – sometimes in a foreign language – so that my audience can understand what I’m saying, even if they don’t know exactly what the words mean. ; my goal is to connect them, move them and inspire them in one way or another. I strive to convey the story not only through music and words, but also through my full body representation of the character himself.

Valeria López, senior, Anaheim High School

Speciality: Non-classical voice

“In the future, I want to be able to teach and show the younger generation the impact of this music and the beauty of the guitar. I want people to know that playing music or being an artist has just as much impact as someone inventing a new car or a new phone. This music is something universal and can teach anyone the power of love and acceptance. With the specialty that I want to pursue, which is clinical psychology, I want to pursue a kind of research on how music can affect a person who has been through something traumatic or how the message of a musical piece can influence them. actions of others. “

Madyson Rayne Miguel, senior, Brea Olinda High School

Speciality: Non-classical voice

“My mom always said I sang before I could speak. My mom and I would sing Whitney Houston on our way to preschool, and she would teach me the 4 year old little technique and how to “spice up” the songs. So from a young age I was already heavily influenced by music and singing, but the choir performance kind of blew me away when I was first introduced to it. When I sat in the audience at my first choir performance, I could slowly feel anxious to run onto the stage and join the performers. And after it was over, I knew that was what I wanted to do when I was older. It put me on the path that would make me happy and fulfilled in the future.

Sean Oliu, senior, Servite high school

Speciality: Commercial voice

“Although my parents played some really good records, for me there was nothing that could compare to the amazing sounds I used to listen to with my grandfather. My daddy as we call him, is the greatest. country fan I know. Growing up I thought country records from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s were what all kids listened to. I fell in love with Merle Haggard, George Jones and Hank Williams. My dad and I were working on old cars for hours singing every song, that’s how my love affair with country music began.

Daisy Tye, senior, Huntington Beach High School

Speciality: Non-classical voice

“I think being an artist is someone who doesn’t care what other people think. When it comes to performing arts or just the arts in general it’s your own job or style and that’s all you get. I strive to be as kind and grateful as possible for the opportunities I receive. There are always people who might not like you, but there are always supporters of you and as long as you are yourself.

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