Jaylyn Andrus, a senior at Liberty High School, is looking to make her mark on the music scene. However, it’s not pop or hip-hop where she hopes to excel but in the highly competitive genre of classical music.
Andrus, a merit winner for the National Young Arts Foundation competition, has always loved to sing, and began formal voice lessons in preparation for a pageant at age 12. She won the talent competition of the pageant, and in the process realized that singing would be her lifelong passion. Since that time, Jaylyn has been singing and successfully competing in local and national Classical Voice competitions including: Classical Singer State Winner (2011, 2012), Washington State Solo Regional Competition Winner (2011, 2102), 2012 National Association of Teachers and Students (NATS) Winner, NAACP ACT- So Regional Gold Medalist (2011, 2012, 2013), Walnut Hill Academy for the Arts (2011), VOICE Experience Tampa, Florida (2011), and Interlochen Camp for the Arts (2012).
Jaylyn will also be hosting her senior voice recital on June 2 with longtime Leschi resident Jeffery Moidel accompanying her on the piano. In addition, she will represent the Seattle – King County chapter of the NAACP at the 2013 National ACT-SO competition in Orlando, Florida in July.
In the Fall, Jaylyn will be attending the College Conservatory of Music (CCM) at the University of Cincinnati, where she was one of only ten vocalists selected to its nationally recognized voice program. CCM is the alma mater of renowned African American Soprano Kathleen Battle.