Cazenovia Patricia Albright, Nicholas Blaney and Kaitlyn Dehority will perform at 12:30 p.m. July 11, in St. Peter’s Episcopal Hall, at 11 Mill St. in Cazenovia, as part of the Cazenovia Counterpoint festival put on by the Society for New Music.
The three musicians are featured as “Rising Stars,” and will be premiering compositions and presenting musical selections during the free event, which is open to the public.
A soprano, Albright is a rising senior at West Genesee High School. She is being honored as a “Rising Star” selected by the Society for New Music at the Cazenovia Counterpoint festival.
Albright began singing in the sixth grade, and along with being taught by school teachers, she is privately trained by the society’s own Neva Pilgrim. Albright says that she chose to sing because it was a way for her to express her feelings and, because she was a shy child, singing helped her break out of her shell. “When I sing, I feel comfortable and free,” she said.
Albright has been involved with various all-county choirs and in recitals. This year she received a second place award at the Central New York Association of Music Teacher High School Vocal Competition in the 11th grade division, and a 99 at NYSSMA.
Through it all, she thanked her parents because “without them none of this would be possible,” as well as her “grandfather, because he is the one who introduced me to my amazing vocal coach, Neva Pilgrim, who is working hard [with] me and getting me this far,” Albright said.
Albright is looking forward to premiering Sam Peters composition, “Ebb,” and knows it will be enjoyable for all.
“I am so grateful for this experience. I plan on studying musical theatre in college and having the honor to be a ‘Rising Star’ shows me that I am doing something right,” Albright said. “Music and my singing are a huge part of my life and I am glad that I get this opportunity to share it.”