Bryce Wylie has only been singing for six years, but it’s been long enough for the Wellington High School senior to receive an invitation to perform at Carnegie Hall.
He will take the stage Feb. 5 in New York City at the High School Honors Performance Series, a concert that showcases top high school musicians and vocalists across the country.
However, Wylie still has one last hurdle to leap before knowing he can make the trip: raising $3,850 for his travel and lodging expenses.
He’s raised $445 as of Nov. 28 at www.gofundme.com/5a-bryce-wylie-national-honors-choir, where you can also donate to his trip.
Festivities for the choir take place from Feb. 2-6 and involve attending a Broadway musical and taking a cruise across the Hudson River.
WHS choir teacher Sherry Arcuri spoke with Honors Performance Series organizers on behalf of Wylie in September.
“She asked for my email address and I wondered why,” Wylie said. “That’s when she told me about the National Honors Choir. She does a great job teaching here and gave me voice lessons all of last year. That was my first time ever taking voice lessons.”
Finding confidence as a singer and being willing to put himself out there was nearly as difficult as the singing itself, said the senior.
“We did about six or seven takes for the audition tape just trying to get everything right,” he said. “That day I was really nervous. I had this thought in my mind that I’m just from Wellington and New York is a big place. These are students from around the world competing.”
On Oct. 31, one hour before the deadline to receive an invite, he got the good news. “We were jumping around the house,” Wylie said. “My mom was very excited.”
His interest in music was kindled by learning to play the cello but didn’t take long to gravitate towards singing.
“I got bored with the cello pretty quickly and joined the choir,” he said. “I haven’t regretted it since. I would probably pick up the cello again but we don’t have the money to get another one right now.”
On singing professionally, Wylie said he’s undecided but said he has considered becoming a musical therapist.
“I feel like God has called me to help those who are struggling with emotional problems and I believe that music can help with that,” he said. “Musical therapy isn’t that big of an industry but it’s growing. I believe music can help people. I’ve seen it in myself and I’ve seen it in others. It helps shape a person into who they are.”
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Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise Bryce Wylie has been asked to perform with the National Honors Choir in February at Carnegie Hall in New York. He needs to raise $3,850 for travel and lodging expenses in the meantime.