Coronation’s Aiden Kobi, Shailyn Anderson from Castor and Emma Werbowesky from Stettler were all selected from over 12,000 nominations for the 2018 High School Honors Performance Series to sing under master conductors at Carnegie Hall, New York that ran from Feb. 1 – 5. ECA Review/Submitted
Three local students sang on America’s grandest stage – Carnegie Hall in New York.
Coronation’s Aiden Kobi, Shailyn Anderson from Castor and Emma Werbowesky from Stettler were all selected for the 2018 High School Honors Performance Series to sing under master conductors at Carnegie Hall that ran from Feb. 1 – 5.
“I can’t even put it into words, it was such an amazing experience standing on stage and looking out at a whole bunch of people and having a whole bunch of people around you that love doing the same thing,” said Aiden.
His voice coach, Rhonda Sylvester of Stettler, who nominated Aiden for this once in a lifetime experience, said his voice is unique.
“He has a unique voice with a lot of musicality to it. There’s no words for it. It’s just unique. Not the same voice type or style of a lot of people. It’s special because it is unique and not very many people have those same qualities.”
When nominating students Rhonda also takes into consideration a student’s work ethic.
“Aiden is a hard worker. He travels once a week to see me for lessons and to be a part of the Gracenotes Choir. He is one of the section leaders. They’re responsible for everyone else and maintaining a higher degree of practice level and standards.”
Thousands of students apply for the approximate 250 spots so another factor for Rhonda when endorsing a youth is the student’s personality.
“The kids that I recommend have to have an outgoing personality. I want kids who are outgoing to go and make the most of it and not be shy and get themselves out there and just really have a good time through music and the experience of being with other people and kids with the same love of them.”
Aiden was surprised to find out he was one of the elite vocalists selected to sing at Carnegie Hall.
“I was so shocked. It’s such an honour to be able to go there and meet some amazing people.”
Top voice and instrumental students from around the world participated in Carnegie Hall’s Grade 9 – 12 performance series where they rehearse and perform under master conductors.
“The people was the best part,” said Aiden. “The songs and the whole performance was great but the people there was my favourite.”
Aiden started taking voice lessons in about Grade 2.
“I sang more classical and opera style music.”
The Grade 10 student also plays the piano and he’s not certain if he will pursue a career in music.
“I’m not sure where I would like to take my music right now. If the path ever became available, I would definitely hop on and be interested in it.”
Members of the 2018 Honor’s Performance line up for their performance, including Aiden Kobi, third from the right, front row. Rhonda Sylvester’s students Shailyn Anderson of Castor and Emma Werbowesky of Stettler performed in the Honor’s Women’s Choir. ECA Review / Submitted