GOSHEN – Goshen High School sophomore Molly Hill recently sang before three judges during a competition in Chicago.
She says she participated in the William Schmidt Youth Vocal Competition mainly for the experience and the comments given by the judges to help the young singer develop her vocal talent.
“I felt I did well with my stage presence and my performance,” Molly said. “I felt my performance was solid.”
At the end of the day’s events, the judges awarded prizes in different categories to the 19 high school competitors. They started with the encouragement awards and then presented the second award — Most Promising Sophomore.
As the recipient of the award, Molly also received $100.
“I expected someone else to get it and then they called my name,” Molly said. “Everyone was so impressive. I learned a lot and I did feel good about my performance. I couldn’t stop smiling and talked later with the judges and met the other contestants.”
She’d been thinking about entering the contest for a while before making the final decision with encouragement from her music teacher and mother, Sandy Hill.
As a music teacher, Hill said she tells her students to participate in competitions mainly for the experience and learning from the other contestants, and not just to win.
“It was my first competition and was exciting,” Molly said. “It still is exciting to me. I can’t wait to do more competitions.
Her musical selections for the program included a piece of classical music of her choice and the judges selected the second piece for her performance.
“It’s cool and there are only four (Schmidt Youth Vocal Competitions) in the country. It’s very prestigious,” she added. “I love musical theater and plan to work and focus on classical music for possible future competitions.”