Keziah Froese was awarded an honourable mention in the vocal variety intermediate category today at the provincial Performing Arts B.C. festival taking place in Fort St. John.
That is a fourth place finish out of 23 singers from all across the province, reports her music teacher Angela Sommer.
“I am so proud of her and so excited for her,” Sommer said.
Keziah Froese is among four competitors and four observers from Cariboo Festival 2016 travelling to the provincial Performing Arts B.C. festival in Fort St. John May 31 to June 4.
“I am looking forward to getting professional advice on how to improve, as well as the workshops, and just enjoying watching the others perform,” Keziah says.
Keziah was recommended by festival vocal adjudicator Melanie Nicol as a competitor in the Intermediate Classical Voice category.
Now 16 and in Grade 11, Keziah has been singing since the age of six.
“Singing is a way to express myself,” says Keziah, who has participated in the Cariboo Festival for six years.
She has been to provincials as an observer in the past and attended as a competitor for the first time in 2013 in the Junior Musical Theatre category.
For this year’s intermediate provincial competition Keziah will perform three songs back to back: Auf Dem Rhine by Schumann, Bluebird by Rudoph Shirmer, and June Magic by Margarita Spencer.
She will also sing a vocal variety song called I Could Be Jewish For You by Nikko Benson
For her Cariboo Festival 2016 entries Keziah sang Auf Dem Rhine and Bluebird in the classical voice category and two musical theatre pieces, Shy from the musical Once Upon A Mattress and I Could Be Jewish for You from the musical Split The Keys,
Keziah has been taking singing lessons with Angela Sommer for 10 years and also teaches piano under Sommer for children in the ages five to 12 group.
“Angela has been a wonderful mentor to me,” Keziah says. “I help Angela with her Angelkeys Children’s Choir weekly and I am usually helping Angela whenever I can with performances, or other things that may come up.”
In addition to playing piano, Keziah also plays the ukulele. She plays and sings with her youth group at various events.
Keziah also started taking dance lessons at the Dance in Common studio and was part of the school’s dance revue New Beginnings that took place at the Gibraltar Room May 21 and 28.
“I started dance last year and this was my first time performing,” Keziah says. “I am thoroughly enjoying it.”
Keziah also enjoys doing art projects and outdoor sports such as hiking and kayaking.
“I’m considering a career in music, but I’m still unsure,” Keziah says.