Six high school students have won voice scholarships from The Forest-Aires Women’s Chorus for the 2012-2013 school year. They are: Maddie Pierce, Turpin High School; Will Graber and Desmond Daly, Walnut Hills High School; Maegan Winters, David Michel, and Anna Randazzo, Glen Este High School.
The winners receive private voice lessons during the school year and perform solos in The Forest-Aires’ Encore! 2013 show in April at the Anderson Center Theater.
Sophomore Maddie Pierce has been performing at the Nagel Dinner Theater, Honor Choir, and Women’s Chorus. She is a member of A-choired Taste and has received “one” ratings in solo contests.
Freshman Will Graber is a member of the Men’s Ensemble and the rock group HAZE. He was in The Jungle Book with the Cincinnati Children’s Theater and currently playing “Jesus” in Godspell at Walnut Hills High School.
Sophomore Desmond Daly has performed in the musicals Oliver, The Music Man, Sound of Music, Once on the Island, Annie Get Your Gun, Once upon a Mattress, and Godspell. He now sings in the group For Good Measure.
Senior Meagan Winters has performed in CCM Musical Theater Camp Showcase and FAME and has been a member of Glen Este’s High School concert choir and mixed choir. Currently, she is a member of the a cappella group, West Clermont by Request.
Senior David Michel, who attends Glen Este High school, is a baritone and is a member of the concert choir and the a cappella group, West Clermont by Request.
Sophomore Anna Randazzo has performed in Once on this Island and in various vocal ensemble groups and mixed choirs. She currently participates in concert choir and is a member of the group, West Clermont by Request.
The Forest-Aires Women’s Chorus is a nonprofit organization, using monies earned from performances to fund voice scholarships for local high school students.
High school music teachers, in districts where Forest-Aires members reside, channel students into our fall auditions. These are students who show talent and development potential during school music activities. Scholarship winners take private voice lessons during the school year, and, in the spring, they are featured in the spring show – Encore! To date, 246 students have been awarded Forest-Aires voice scholarships.
The objective of The Forest-Aires’ scholarships is to enrich the lives of local students through music, deepen the music learning they receive at school, and help prepare them for advanced study or music performance, if they choose. Through scholarships, they learn not only singing, but also discipline, mental training, great satisfaction of achieving a goal, and skills needed to appear before an audience. Scholars perform in schools, community shows, musicals, and churches. Many of them study music and theatre in college and, then, onto careers in music.
The Forest-Aires will perform for Friends and Family on Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. at Parkside Christian Church, Anderson Township. It’s free, open to the public, and everyone is welcome. Learn more about the Forest-Aires at theforestaires.com.