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Cary-Grove junior planning to attend vocal training in Boston

Published: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 2:02 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 9:52 p.m. CDT
17-year-old Kathryn Rische has been accepted to the Boston University Tanglewood Institute for 14-19 years olds. It's a 6-week summer program for students who sing, play in an orchestra, play piano, among other fine arts. Rische also received a 50 percent scholarship for the program. To raise the rest of the money to attend, Rische's mother has started a fundraising webpage. About $1,885 of the $3,200 needed has been raised.

CARY – During the summer, a Cary-Grove High School junior will be able to hone her singing technique, take classes in musicianship, and even perform with an Academy Award winning movie score composer.

Kathryn Rische, 17, was accepted into Boston University's Tanglewood Institute, a six-week summer program for aspiring high-school age musicians and singers.

The cost of the program is $6,700, but Rische has been awarded a $3,500 scholarship. To raise the remaining $3,200, a fundraising webpage was created. According to the site, $1,885 has been raised so far, with about 40 days left in the fundraiser.

Rische said paying for the cost of the program is something her family cannot afford on their own.

There are 320 to 350 14-to-19 year old students typically in the program that has instruction in vocal, piano, wind, orchestra performance among other things. Rische is slated to be one of 70 singers in the program.

Of those singers, Rische is one of 25 sopranos accepted into the program, said Program Manager Jonathan Cole. He said more applicants are turned down than are accepted.

While participating in the program, Rische can earn college credit, which would be useful as she hopes to major or minor in voice when she goes to college.

To apply for the program, Rische submitted two clips of her performing opera songs: "Reward" by John Jacob Niles, and "Ridente al Calma" by Mozart.

While at Tanglewood, Rische will receive solo singing and training, voice classes, sing in a chorus, perform opera scenes, and take classes with "master" instructors.

"The format is very similar to what one would see in a conservatory," Cole said.

Rische said she is most looking forward to performing the opera scenes.

"I've never done them before," Rische said. "I'm looking forward to getting a lot of stage experience there."

Participants in the young singers program also will perform at a Boston Pops concert with movie composer John Williams.

"There are so many opportunities with it," Rische said. "You get to go to masters classes, and work with extraordinary people that teach at the Metropolitan Opera."

Rische started taking voice lessons after appearing in a talent show during her freshmen year at Cary-Grove, and last year attended a singing program at Oberlin College & Conservatory in Ohio.

Michelle Hackman, of Cary, is Rische's voice coach and encouraged her to apply.

"Boston University's College of Fine Arts is one of the best programs in the country," Hackman said. "She'll get a lot of experience."

To donate

To help Kathryn Rische attend the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, visit her fundraising page.

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