As we get ready for this year’s program and tour, we thought it would be fun to learn more about some of the incredible young singers coming from across Canada to sing in this year's National Youth Choir of Canada.
Sopranos: Part 1
Olivia Albert - Alberta
Mélanie Dupuis - New Brunswick
Isabel Friesen - Manitoba
Kara Friesen - Alberta
Natasha Gosling - British Columbia
When did you first start singing/singing in choirs?
MD - I first started voice lessons and began participating in children and community choirs when I was 8 years old.
IF - I grew up in a very musical family so I don't remember when I first started singing. Probably before I could talk. I first started singing in choirs when I was in grade 2 and have been in at least one choir per year ever since.
What are your other passions/hobbies/interests? What inspires you?
KF - I enjoy backpacking, skiing, snowshoeing, and speed skating. Good adventures make for great stories!
NG - In my spare time I like to knit, write, watch movies, and spend time with the people I care about. As a teacher, what inspires me is seeing a student light up when they experience something new.
How did you learn about NYCC and/or what made you decide to audition?
MD - I decided to audition for NYCC two years ago, with the recommendation and support from my voice teacher, as I was beginning to look for new opportunities that would broaden my experience as a singer and help me gain useful and important skills as a young artist, chorister, and student. I'm so glad I was given the opportunity to participate in NYCC 2022 and finally work alongside so many amazing people!
KF - Ever since a musical mentor recommended NYCC to me several years ago, I've wanted to join it. I am so thankful for this opportunity!
What are you most excited about for NYCC 2022?
IF - I'm excited for a lot of things, I don't think I can pick just one. I'm excited for the challenging music, the amazing sound I know this choir will have, and the friendships I'll build through this experience.
NG - The thing I am most excited for in NYCC 2022 is the friendships I know are going to come out of it that will extend for years beyond the choir itself.
Stay tuned for SOPRANOS: Part 2 coming your way soon!
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