Something just clicked that it s really something I m supposed to do.
when she got the call about placing second in the choral society s competition.
Fresh performed Du bist die Ruh, a German piece by Franz Schubert, and Think of Me, from Andrew Lloyd Weber s Phantom of the Opera. Like McConnell, Fresh choose the German piece because she has sung it at college auditions and loves the language.
it s really pretty. I know some people think it s gross. There s a lot of throat sounds, but when you sing it I think it can be really nice, said Fresh, a student at West Chester East High School.
I find it so fun to be over the top. And it s surprisingly difficult for something that is supposed to be fun, McConnell said. I wanted to show that I could be funny.
A part of the choral society s mission is to encourage young people in developing their musical skills, said Gary Garletts, director of the choral society.
It s very reverent, Fresh said. It s about peace and rest, and it s very introspective which she is reflective of my personality.
McConnell sang Il est Doux, Il est Bon from the French Opera H rodiade by Jules Massenet and Art is Calling for Me from Victor Herbert s opera The Enchantress. She chose the French opera piece because she had been using it for her college auditions and loves French vocals.
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We started crying, she said. And after that call, Fresh said she felt good about pursuing a career in opera.
County Choral Society announces winners
McConnell will sing both pieces on Saturday, but the French piece was her favorite and she wants to pursue a career in opera.
The competition is open to high school seniors, and both girls will perform solos at the society s concert on Saturday, May 11, which also celebrates its 40th season.
Students had to sing three songs at the audition Giuseppe Giordani s Caro mio ben, a classical song of his or her choice and a musical theater selection of his or her choice. Garletts said the students were judged on accuracy, memorization, technique, tone quality, presentation and engagement.
In addition to performing, winners also go monetary prizes. McConnell won $1,000, Fresh won $500. Timothy Lambert, a student at Bishop Shanahan, was the third place winner and won $250 but he will not perform.
As for the winners, both girls were just very Omega Speedmaster On Leather Nato polished and refined. They knew the voice well, they knew their pieces well. And Heather has such vocal flexibility and range, said Ann Ellis, accompanist for the society who also played for the competitors.
I ve studied French for 6 years, McConnell, a student at Downingtown East High School, said. I ve taken the time to really work hard on it, that s a special skill that I can present to judges.
I m using it to pay for my college textbooks, said McConnell.
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It seems to make sense to sing some of the largest works when you hit this anniversary. I don t think the society has ever done this work as a whole, said Garletts. It s a very large piece; very revered piece in choral repertoire and extremely challenging.
The Chester County Choral Society announced Heather McConnell, of Downingtown, and Caroline Fresh, of East Goshen, as the first and second place winners respectively in the 2013 Excellence in Vocal Performance Competition out of 10 who auditioned.
She choose Art is Calling for Me, because it is fun and a comedy opera.
As the second place winner, Fresh will only sing one solo on May 11 and chose the German piece.
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