Whitney Hale

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College: Fine Arts

UK Vocal Student Receives VSA KY Young Soloist Award

Published: Mar 28, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 28, 2013) — Each year VSA Kentucky recognizes outstanding young musicians, ages 14-25, with disabilities and supports and encourages them in their pursuit of a career in music. These emerging musicians receive a $500 educational scholarship, professional development mentoring sessions with professional musicians and performance opportunities. University of Kentucky vocal performance junior Gabrielle Barker is the 2013 VSA Kentucky Young Soloist Award recipient for the state.

 

Barker, a native of Lexington, Ky., studies under Endowed Chair, Professor of Voice Cynthia Lawrence at UK Opera Theatre in the UK School of Music.

 

Barker focused on voice even during high school, winning vocal competitions, participating in All State Choir and ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) Choir, and being a part of the Governor's School for the Arts.

 

"I love to act and sing, so I am particularly interested in an opera career," Barker said. "I believe that nothing should hold a person back from their dreams, so I try to take every opportunity that I can to make them happen. Performing has taught me a lot about myself. I am happy to share my gift with others."

 

As VSA Kentucky Young Soloist, Barker is also entered in the VSA International Young Soloist competition. The competition is open to both individual musicians and ensembles of two to five members. In order for ensembles to be eligible, at least one member must have a disability. All genres of music are accepted, including, but not limited to, classical, jazz, hip-hop/rap, rock/alt rock, pop, indie, bluegrass, folk, country, R&B/blues, Latin and World. The VSA International Young Soloists Competition annually selects up to four outstanding musicians, two from the United States and two from the international arena. These emerging musicians receive a $2,500 award, professional development opportunities, and a performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

 

The UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts has achieved awards and national and international recognition for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as for music education, composition, theory and music history.

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, (859) 257-8716whitney.hale@uky.edu

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