March 24, 2011
Gia Greene, Voice Student of Barbara Winchester, Wins H&H Achtmeyer Award
Gia Greene, a 17-year old Handel & Haydn Society Vocal Apprenticeship student and senior at Medford High School, has won the H&H Candace MacMillen Achtmeyer Award with a cash prize of $1,500. She is a student of Barbara Winchester, Co-Chair of Voice in NEC’s Preparatory and Continuing Education School.
The H&H Vocal Apprenticeship Program was established in 1994 to identify and nurture youngsters with special talent whose families lack the financial resources to pursue private instruction. Most of the students are given voice lessons, diction, piano and theory lessons based on need and potential. The Candace MacMillen Achtmeyer Award extends the Society's support to an outstanding senior who has participated for at least two years in the program (High School Soloists, Young Men's Chorus, Young Women's Chorus). The recipient is chosen on the basis of performance, teacher recommendations, and candidates’ letters explaining what they have gained from the program.
Gia, this year’s winner, has performed as a soloist with the H&H Women's Chorus, and participated in several of the Prep’s Contemporary Festivals. She also placed in the recent Prep Competition and will sing with other winners in a joint concert. In the most recent Prep concert in December, she sang Bel piacere from Handel’s Agrippina, and Roger Quilter’s Love's Philosophy. The next concert will take place on June 15 at 7:30 in Williams Hall.
A musician who has been playing and performing since she was 3 years old, Gia enjoys playing guitar, bass guitar, piano, ukulele, and flute. She has always had a passion for performing and recording music. She was the lead singer and bassist of the band Midnight Blonde, and currently sings with the bands The Ferrets and DWELL. In 2007, Gia completed her solo CD Luna, and she is currently working on an untitled solo project. Gia is passionate about multiple music genres, including but not limited to classical music, alternative rock, indie singer-songwriters, shoegaze, electronica, jazz, and world music.
To hear Gia singing the Handel, click here
For further information on the NEC Preparatory School partnership with the Handel and Haydn Society, check the NEC Website.
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