Students Share Musical Talents During Dora Khayatt Competition
Students Share Musical Talents During Dora Khayatt Competition

Upper School students shared their talents during the Dora Khayatt Music Competition.

Students performed a variety of pieces ranging from classical, jazz, and musical theater, to modern works. This year's winners include: Alexis Ventresca '23 (voice/guitar/piano), Michael Zhou '21 (piano), Alaina Guo '22 (voice), Michael Bai '20 (alto sax).

"The Dora Khayatt competition is one of my favorite times of the school year. It is a chance for our talented musicians to perform in the beautiful acoustics of our Chapel," said Music Director Jim Erwin. "It was a day filled with a wide variety of music from classical to contemporary and from singers to instrumentalists."

"When I double checked to make sure it wasn't a dream or something like that, I felt so honored because I knew there were around a dozen other vocalists who could have easily won instead of me," said Alaina. "I am so thankful for everyone who has helped me achieve this."

Four musicians, from outside the EA community, served as this year's judges. They included: professional flutist Chelsea Meynig, conductor and violinist Dominic Salerni, grammy award-winning singer Kevin Vondrak, and award-winning bass player and recording artist Nimrod Speaks.
This year's winners performed for the entire school during Lower, Middle, and Upper School Chapels throughout the week.

Performance pieces included:

Alexis Ventresca - You Say by Lauren Daigle and Perfect by Pink.

Michael Zhou - Fantasie No.1 Op. 28 in B minor by Alexander Scriabin

Alaina Guo - Come Down From the Tree by Lynn Ahrens/Stephan Flaherty and Make You Feel My Love by Bob Dylan.

Michael Bai - Concerto #1 for Alto Sax by Georges Guilhaud.

"This year was especially nice with spirited performances on the flute, viola, sax, and even vibraphone! What a fantastic day of making music at EA." said Mr. Erwin.

The competition took place on Monday, March 2 in the Class of '44 Chapel.