Coronation girl, one of three Canadians chosen to perform at Carnegie Hall

Alexandra Brigley performs at Carnegie Hall in New York with the Women’s Honour Choir for their 125th Anniversary on Feb. 8.  ECA Review/Submitted

Seventeen year old Alexandra Brigley of Coronation was one of only three Canadians chosen to perform with the Women’s Honour Choir at Carnegie Hall in New York on Feb. 8 in celebration of  the choir’s 125th anniversary.

Brigley, who has been taking singing lessons  since she was in second grade, was nominated to audition for the 150 women choir by her singing coach, Rhonda Sylvester of Stettler.  The Women’s  Honour Choir only acquired members through a nomination process.

Once her nomination was accepted, Brigley then submitted an audio recording of her second soprano voice in hopes of being selected.

Brigley’s audition was one of 18,000 submissions received world wide for the coveted 750 total openings for the celebration performance.

The 750 positions included two orchestras, one band, a mixed choir and 150 females for the Women’s Honour Choir.

Of the 150 women selected for the choir, only three were from Canada; one  from Toronto, one from Edmonton and Brigley from Coronation, Alberta.

Brigley was sent six songs and spent the month leading up to her trip practicing her pieces.  Upon her Feb. 3 arrival to New York, she spent her first four days rehearsing with the group as well as taking in some of the famous sites in the Big Apple.

Performing at Carnegie Hall was “best feeling that could come over me”,  she said of singing in the famous building. She also added that   she “warmed up in the same room as Lady Gaga”.

Brigley said the memorable trip was capped off with a private yacht party for the group that took them under the Brooklyn Bridge and by the Statue of Liberty.

Brigley also appeared briefly around the campfire in the Heartland T.V. show Sunday, Feb. 21.

Brigley, who will be graduating from high school at the end of the year, hopes for a career in the performing arts, be it acting, singing  or on Broadway –

“I just want to be a performer”, she stated.

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