Scholarship Recipients for 2015-2016
Voices is pleased to welcome the following students to their 2015-16 season!
Olivia Mowery – Soprano
Olivia is currently a senior at Central Dauphin East High School, where she tells us, “I’m a member of National Honor Society, Model UN, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, and Four Diamonds.”
She is also active in East High’s musical department where she has been cast as Cinderella in Into the Woods, Luisa in The Fantasticks, and Catherine in Pippin. During the summer, she works as a conductor with the Hershey Trolley Works. Right now, she is busy applying to colleges so that someday she can be an audiologist. She says it is very important to know that her favorite foods are bread and chocolate.
Olivia joined Voices because, as she said, “I wanted to sing more! My favorite things about singing with the group are the way that Mr. Mauroni directs and how I can feel myself improving as a singer and musician during every rehearsal.” When asked what her favorite selection for the season is, she says it’s O Nata Lux by Morten Lauridsen
Anna Rose Smith – Soprano
Anna is a senior at Red Land High School, where she is in Chamber Singers, Women’s Chorale, and Octet. “I take voice lessons from Ms. Barbara Lewis. I am planning on majoring in mathematics or engineering while continuing to perform in choral ensembles.
When asked why she wanted to be in Voices of the Valley, Anna responds, “I saw the them perform at my church a couple of years ago and was amazed. When I heard they offered student scholarships, I was eager to apply.”
Anna explains further that, “I love having the opportunity to learn to sing and perform at a higher level.”
As for her favorite piece this season, it is, of course What Sweeter Music by John Rutter.
Ian Wallace – Tenor
I am currently a senior at Central Dauphin East High School, where I am vice-president of Tri-M. I am also active in the musical program and have played Pippin in Pippin, Huck in The Fantasticks, and Narrator/Mysterious Man in Into the Woods. I have also performed through Theatre Harrisburg, in their production of Addams Family, and HCPAC. I work as a performer on the Hershey Trolley, as well as for a small fabric design business.
I hope to go to college to pursue architectural or mechanical engineering but will be pursuing acting afterwards (you never know). I am an avid writer, and actually have written multiple plays, short stories, and poems, and am currently working on a novel.
I joined Voices because I wanted to improve myself. I enjoy having this opportunity to really learn from the experienced performers who have been doing this for their whole lives.
I don’t know if I have a favorite selection this year. But that feeling when the whole choir is singing this delicate, beautiful number and you can just feel the air charged with energy gives me chills every time.
Meghan Nardella – Alto
When asked Meghan said, “I am absolutely thrilled to be singing with Voices of the Valley! I am a Sophomore at Cumberland Valley High School, and I enjoy singing alto in my school choir, playing cello in my school orchestra, and playing piano outside of school. In my free time, I love composing and arranging music for piano and aspire to major in music education or music theory and composition.”
Meghan also enjoys participating in local community theatre productions and is currently an ensemble member in Theatre Harrisburg’s production of White Christmas. Meghan continues, “I love being around people who share my passion for music. I was introduced to Voices by my church choir director and I’ve loved every minute of being with the group.”
Meghan’s experience with Voices has been very positive. “Everyone in the group is so nice and that makes this such an amazing experience. Mr. Mauroni’s amazing instruction has helped me become a much better musician.”
Favorite Musical Selection: O Nata Lux
Freddie Miller – Tenor
Freddie is sophomore at Cumberland Valley High School. “I got my start in music when I auditioned for Gavroche in Les Miserables. I am a member of Cumberland Valley’s choir and orchestra having played the viola for seven years. I am also actively involved in musical theatre and have appeared in shows at Theatre Harrisburg, Altoona Community Theatre, and the Cresson Lake Playhouse.” When he’s not running from one activity to the next, he enjoys reading, writing, drinking coffee, and watching Netflix.
Freddie joined Voices because of his love for music and choral singing, as well as to become a better musician. This past summer, he was an ensemble member in Voice’s Summer Salute to the Best of Broadway, and, in his own words, “I fell in love with the group!”
“Singing with Voices, I have come to work with some amazingly talented people! I have only the deepest respect for everyone in the group and look forward to getting to know everyone as the year goes on.”
If you were to ask him his favorite piece this season, hands down, it would have to be God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen!, as arranged by Mark Riese.
“This has been a wonderful experience for me and I’d like to thank Mr. Mauroni and Mr. Flom for giving me this opportunity to be a part of such a amazing group of singers!”