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By DANELLE LANDIS
Daily News Staff Writer
Ketchikan High School senior and vocalist Andrea Short was chosen to travel to Anchorage Nov. 15 through Nov. 17 for the All-State Music Festival.
Short recorded her audition for the festival in September, said Kayhi music teacher Trina Purcell.
The music festival was held at Chugiak High School, with a final concert held at West Anchorage High School. The first evening brought students from around the state together to rehearse in a mixed choir, Purcell said.
“It went great,” she added.
Short said “All State is always amazing,” adding that “this year was outstanding.”
This was Short’s second time attending the event. In 2017, she attended with the Kayhi treble choir.
She said she felt that one reason the judges chose her to attend this year is that she is one of the rarer singers who can hit the really high notes.
“I’m a soprano one, so I sing up in the stratosphere,” she said, laughing.
One benefit that Short said she receives from attending the state-wide event is the challenges she must meet as she performs with a wide variety of singers and an unfamiliar director. Short said this gives her new opportunities to stretch herself.
“I get to finally go to the edge of my range,” she said.
Even the music the singers were asked to perform offered opportunity to grow.
“It’s way more challenging music,” Short said.
She described the pieces that the choir tackled at the event, which had tricky keys, jumps and songs in other languages — including Estonian and even a made-up language.
One skill Short said she was eager to improve was her tuning, as she’d been told she needed some work on that.
“It’s so much easier to tune to other people in the room,” she said.
A new challenge this year was attending as the only representative of Kayhi, Short said.
“I didn’t have anyone to learn music with,” she said.
She explained that in the end, it turned out just fine, as she reached out to a friend from Wrangell and made new friends from Anchorage and Nome.
Purcell said Short was a great choice for the state event, because of Short’s long-time dedication to music.
“She’s in concert choir, vocal jazz and plays clarinet in wind ensemble,” Purcell said. She added that Short also is very involved with First City Players.
“She’s worked really hard on her singing in all of her high school career,” Purcell added.
Short said her love for music started young with inspiration from her mother, Michelle Short.
“She just fostered a love of music in me,” Andrea Short said.
Andrea Short said that she’d learned a lot at the Anchorage event, and was excited to share her new-found knowledge with fellow Kayhi musicians.
One skill she described as central to success in music, and that was emphasized at the music fest, was more broad.
“Having confidence,” she said is a big thing she wants to share with others. “You can always shake it until you make it,” she added.
Short said that, for vocalists, “You have to have that faith in yourself that you can sing, because you can.”