Voices of the Future Finalists

 

Pictured here are (from left to right): Kaitlyn LeCompte, Mollie Schumaker, Taylor Mitchell, Eva Martinez, Suzanne DuPlantis and Tom Lloyd.

The Bucks County Choral Society’s first Voices of the Future solo high school voice competition culminated on February 17th, 2018 with four finalists performing in a Master Class led by nationally renowned mezzo-soprano and voice coach, Suzanne DuPlantis. Each finalist performed two classical selections of their own choosing under the professional eye of Ms. DuPlantis. Each emerging singer then received positive feedback related to musical interpretation, vocal technique, and connecting with an audience.

Voices of the Future is designed for high school-aged choral singers. An initial on-line application process began this past September, drawing 17 contestants representing 10 different Bucks County high schools. Each contestant auditioned on January 20th, 2018 in front of a panel of 3 judges including the Choral Society’s Artistic Director, Tom Lloyd. From those auditions 4 finalists were selected who were then invited to take part in the master class and finals competition. Each finalist was awarded a cash prize with the first-place winner, Taylor Mitchell of Central Bucks West, receiving a $1,000 cash prize. The second-place winner, Eva Martinez, also of Central Bucks West received $750, third-place winner, Kaitlyn Lecompte of Central Bucks South, received $500, while the fourth-place winner, Mollie Schumaker of Central Bucks West, received $250. In addition, the first-place winner’s high school choral program received $500. Taylor Mitchell will also be a guest performer at the Choral Society’s upcoming June 2 & 3 2018 “Musical Latina” concerts, held at 4pm at Delaware Valley University.

All 17 singers who auditioned in January truly impressed the panel of 3 judges with their depth and range of vocal talent. Those who were not selected as a finalist were encouraged to apply to next year’s program as young voices develop at their own pace over several years.

Each finalist demonstrated a passion for the art of singing by exhibiting amazing talent, poise and sophistication. Their backgrounds have numerous similarities including their performance experience beginning as early as age 5 with three of the four receiving voice training from 8th grade. They also shared at least one individual who inspired their development and devotion to their voices, which has led each to set their aspirations for a professional career through university training.

The Bucks County Choral Society is committed to multiple community outreach programs. They include its nationally recognized Singing for Seniors program, Voices of the Future and in Bucks County’s Arts and Health Collaborative which emphasizes the principles of healthy mind, body and spirit through local arts and wellness programming that works with individuals across the age and economic spectrum.

 

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