MEGAN VANDRE, Week of March 12, 2018
Megan is a sophomore at Langley High School, where she sings with the chamber and concert choirs. She has studied voice with Peggy for one year and during this time she has participated in two student recitals and two student workshops. In early February Megan sang at the Virginia National Association of Teachers of Singing (VA NATS) Student Auditions, which were held at James Madison University. She received honors in the Beginning High School Woman’s Division! Megan attends the Soorp Katch Armenian Apostolic Church in Falls Church. This summer Megan hopes to attend the University of Virginia writing workshop.
TRACY WAAGNER, Week of Feb. 26, 2018
Tracy is a freshman at McLean High School, where she has enjoyed working on the sound and hair crew for the theatre productions. She has studied voice with Peggy for two years and has participated in several voice recitals and workshops. In February, Tracy enjoyed singing in the Virginia National Association of Teachers of Singing (VA NATS) Student Auditions, which were held at James Madison University. She received “honors.” This talented student keeps busy as a student of dance. She has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical dance with the Perfect Pointe competition companies. She also takes violin lessons through the Levine School of Music.
KRISTEN WAAGNER, Week of Feb. 5, 2018
Kristen, a junior at McLean High School, has studied voice with Peggy for four years and during this time she has participated in several recitals and workshops. Kristen is a very active member of Theatre McLean and has performed in many shows, including Seussical, Much Ado About Nothing, The Children’s Hour, and Volume of Smoke. She will also participate in their spring show, 9 to 5. For the past three summers at Interlochen Summer Arts Camp, Kristen has honed her skills in musical theatre. She was named the recipient of Interlochen’s 2017 Joseph Maddy Summer Artist Award for Musical Theatre, a reflection of arts performance and citizenship. Just 22 of the 2,500 Interlochen campers receive this award, which requires endorsement of 75% of the camp’s voting faculty. This fall, Kristen was thrilled to be part of Signature Theatre in the Schools’ drama, Smile Lines, sharing scenes with professional actress Nancy Robinette and performing as the main stage production at the Virginia Theatre Association Conference. Not only is Kristen an outstanding actress and singer, she also has devoted substantial time to improving her craft in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, and musical theatre dance.
MIRYAM LAHOUD, Week of Jan. 22, 2018
Miryam is a seventh grader at St. Luke School in McLean. She has studied voice with Peggy for several months. MIryam has participated in a voice workshop and recital. She also has studied piano for many years. This young student recently joined her school choir which performs weekly at mass and will be performing at Hershey Park, Pennsylvania, in May 2018. She attends mass at St. Luke Catholic Church in McLean. Miryam has studied tae kwon do for over three years and recently earned her blue belt. She has been fortunate to travel many times to Trinidad in the Caribbean, where her maternal grandfather was born, as well as to Barbados, Ireland, and Italy. She loves hiking with her best friend and her mom, exploring Northern Virginia’s many trails and historic sites.
SAMANTHA KELLY, Week of Jan. 8, 2018
Samantha, a senior at Paul VI High School, has studied voice with Peggy since 7th grade. Sammy, as she is called, has participated in numerous voice workshops and recitals and she also has sung in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) State Auditions. Sammy placed first in the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association (NVMTA) Voice Achievements Beginning High School Voice Division. Outside of school, Sammy sings with the prestigious Choralis chorus of Falls Church. She also keeps very busy swimming with the PVI swim and dive team and she also tutors first- and second-grade children.
JOSEPH DOOLEY, Week of Dec. 4, 2017
Joseph has studied voice with Peggy for over one year and he has studied piano for ten years! Joseph has performed in several voice recitals and workshops, and he also received honorable mention in the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association Voice Achievements Award Competition last April. Joseph is a sophomore at Langley High School, where he is bass section leader for concert choir. He currently competes in tournaments for Langley’s “Its Academic” B Team. In summer, Joseph spends multiple weeks in Michigan, where he attends “Camp Lookout.” Next summer he hopes to work there as a counselor!
CYNTHIA HU, Week of Nov. 27, 2017
Cynthia is a sophomore at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. She has been studying with Peggy for about 5 years. During this time, she has participated in multiple competitions such as NVMTA and NATS, and has performed in many recitals and workshops. At school, her favorite subjects are chemistry and math. Cynthia enjoys swimming and is on the TJ swim team as well as the TJ softball team. When she isn’t studying or at a sports practice, she could probably be found learning her lines for TJ’s production of Mary Poppins. As well as being an active academic, Cynthia is also a member of TJ’s Policy Debate, Model United Nations, and Future Problem Solving teams. She hopes to achieve superior results this school year at conferences. In her free time, Cynthia enjoys drawing, writing, listening to music, playing the piano, or reading books.
ALENA SMITH, Week of Nov. 13, 2017
Alena is a recent graduate of Edison High School in Fairfax County. In September she began lessons with Peggy through the auspices of Northern Virginia Community College. On November 12 at the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association judged recital, Alena placed first in the Advanced High School Women Division. Alena has loved to sing and perform since she was 9 years old. While a student at Edison High School, she played the lead role of Ti Moune in their production of Once on this Island. She also sang in their productions of The Wizard of Oz and Honk! The Musical. She plans to transfer to a four-year university and pursue a bachelor of fine arts degree.
REILLY LOFTUS, Week of Oct. 30, 2017
Reilly is a sophomore at Langley High School, where she sings in the Select Treble Choir. She has studied voice with Peggy for almost a year and during this time she has performed at two student workshops, a recital, and at the Virginian Retirement Home. Reilly also enjoys being a member of the Langley High School cross country team and has participated in many competitive meets with excellent “times”! Her favorite subject in school is science, and she loves to read!
ELENITSA SGOUROS, Week of Oct. 16, 2017
Elenitsa is a senior at Langley High School and she has studied voice with Peggy for over three years and during this time she has performed in several student voice recitals and workshops. At Langley High School, Elenitsa has been in the cast of numerous theatrical productions, including Gypsy and Chicago. In the summer of 2017, she attended the Governor’s School program of visual and performing arts. Next year in college Elenitsa hopes to continue her training in theatre and voice!
MIGUEL DAEZ, Week of Oct. 2, 2017
Miguel Daez, a home-educated senior, has studied with Peggy since 8th grade. He participated in the first Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association (NVMTA) Judged Musical Theatre Recital in 2016 and received honors. Miguel serves as President of Capital Baptist Homeschool Co-op’s Student Government Association as well as President of C4 Forensics Club. He is very active in Speech and Debate. At the Stoa USA National Championship 2015, he placed 2nd in Open Interpretation and 10th in Monologue at the 2017 National Championship. Miguel also loves to act and has played the role of Puck in Cornerstone Youth Theatre Project’s (CYTP) 2015 production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In 2016, he played the role of Mr. Webb in CYTP’s production of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. In 2017, he played the role of Motel the Tailor in CYTP’s production of Fiddler on the Roof. During his free time, Miguel likes to run, read, write, watch movies and spend time with family. As a cross-country and track & field runner, he was awarded a bronze medal for finishing in 25th of 222 runners in the Junior Boys 5K race at the Foot Locker Cross Country South Regional Championship 2016 with a time of 16:47.
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