Lawtonian to sing in national choir, may also sing at Democratic Convention
Lawtonian Emma Erway is extremely excited to be one of two young women to represent Oklahoma at the "Let Freedom Sing!" Girlchoir National Convention in Philadelphia July 24-29 and possibly at the Democratic National Convention.
What is the most exciting part?
"The music, we have some beautiful pieces. I am an atmosphere person and we are going to be singing in the original old building at Arcadia ... the Castle. I'm really excited to sing beautiful pieces in a beautiful place. I just love that," said Erway, a 17-year-old, home-schooled, high-school senior. "Also being able to work with the people they selected to teach us and conduct us. They have selected the best of the best."
This is the first year for the six-day festival, brainchild of Steven Fisher, founder and artistic director of the Pennsylvania Girlchoir, which is hosting the festival along with Commonwealth Youthchoirs. The festival will feature a total of 100 singers, two young women or "singer delegates" selected from each state to "to celebrate the beauty of Girlchoirs in its unique ability to bring girls and young women from all walks of life together and unite them through the power of song," according to the festival website.
Erway and her friend Jenny Pullen, a senior at Putnam City North High School in Oklahoma City, were selected in February as the singer delegates to represent Oklahoma. Both singers are in the Chorale, part of the OKC-based Canterbury Youth Choruses.
A road to this opportunity
Singing has been part of her life since she can remember, Erway said.
"I have been singing in front of people since I was 5 (at church)," she said. "We used to do a lot of dinner theaters and stuff, like Christmas shows."