MAUHS student chosen for National Honor Choir
BENNINGTON — Carson Gordon was recently featured, along with singers from each of the other 49 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, in The U.S. All-National Choir's video "Song From the Heart." The MAU junior represented Vermont and participated as one of only 52 young singers who were chosen nationwide for the project.
National auditions were held online to choose one high school or college-aged singer to represent each state, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Students submitted a one-minute video audition of themselves singing a song of their choice, any style. Gordon was chosen from several video submissions from Vermont.
According to USANC artistic director Tracey Singer, "We received a number of submissions from Vermont and we were very pleased with the level of talent in the state. What set Carson apart was the richness of his voice. We could tell right away that he would be a great addition to the tenor section and to the choir as a whole, and he confirmed that with his performance on the video."
USANC is the first project of Empower Young Artists (EYA), a nonprofit with the mission of providing high-level performance opportunities for young artists. The next phase for USANC will be to build a national high school honor choir using the same model of selecting one student from each state, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.
Those who audition and are chosen to be in the choir will pay nothing, as EYA wants to make the opportunity available to all high school students, regardless of their economic situation. The choir will tour regionally in the U.S. and participants will also be featured in live, online performances, and in music videos like the one in which Gordon appeared.
Gordon has been singing and dancing for most of his life, and he recently began taking voice lessons from Michael Chinworth. No stranger to accolades, Gordon has been chosen to participate in several honor choirs, including District, State, New England, and Regional. He performed in his first musical when he was in kindergarten ("Willy Wonka") and has since appeared in several productions, including roles as Bert in "Mary Poppins" and Marius in "Les Miserables."
When he is not performing, Gordon stays plenty busy at school, serving as the treasurer for the junior class as well as on the school's senate. He is also a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish Honor Society, and The Progressives of MAU. Still, it's performing and singing that are his passions, and Gordon considers himself very lucky to have already been given such wonderful chances to grow as a performer.
"I'm so grateful for all the opportunities I've been provided with from my community, my parents, my amazing music teacher Mrs. [Lynn] Sweet, our fabulous choreographer and my dance teacher Kristi Segura, my friends and family, and so many other people. Being chosen to represent Vermont on this video was such a great honor and another thing I'm really grateful for."
Gordon's star is definitely on the rise and he has no intention to slow down. After high school he plans on going to college and majoring in musical theater and then he will see where that takes him. No doubt he will have a lot of support coming from Bennington to help him along the way.
To watch Carson Gordon represent Vermont in the national "Song From the Heart" video, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTc-dp8uYU4 or visit Facebook and search: The U.S. All-National Choir.
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