Becca Charlton has been invited to sing at Carnegie Hall in New York City, the second student in two years to be so honored.
A senior in the Wellington High School choir, she is trying to put together about $3,000 to cover travel expenses for the trip. You can contribute at https://goo.gl/qocg9U. All expenses must be paid in full by December.
Charlton and 2017 graduate Bryce Wylie are the only WHS choir members to be invited to the concert, which takes place Sunday, Feb. 4 and is part of the High School Honors Performance Series.
The expenses also cover activities during the concert week, such as taking in a Broadway show and sightseeing.
Charlton said her love for singing began with pretend American Idol performances as a child in front of her family.
“I always loved to perform for people,” she said. “As I got older, that love carried on and got stronger. Getting to join choir for the first time in seventh grade really took it to a new level.”
As with Wylie, Charlton was nominated to go to New York by WHS choir director Sherry Arcuri.
“I knew the opportunity was there,” Charlton said. “I didn’t know anything about actually going until I got a letter in the mail saying I was nominated by my director.”
“Considering what a small town we are, this is just such an honor,” she said. “There’s not many people who get this chance, and the fact that I of all people was chosen makes me so happy. I really want to represent Wellington there because not many people know we’re here.”
Once the selection process got to the point of auditioning for judges in New York, Charlton had to sing “Alma Del Core,” an Italian piece written by 18th century composer Antonio Caldara.
“They obviously see something in me if I was chosen and it’s very exciting,” Charlton said. “I really had to learn how to trill my voice, or jump from one note to another with no break. It’s sort of like a vibration noise but with notes. It’s something opera singers are known for.”
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