|Note from Erica – August 2 , 2008Dear music lovers,I am very grateful for your support and appreciation. I will be attending the Boston Conservatory this fall, and I need your help to make my dreams a reality. I am now a graduate of the Visual and Performing Arts Program at Booker High School where I appeared in the musicals Guys and Dolls, Hello Dolly, The Secret Garden, and others. This year I won the award for Best Female Vocalist (Syesha Mercado, our Sarasota finalist on American Idol, took this award in 2005). I have been training privately in Sarasota for four years with Jeanette LaVoy, a wonderful mentor, trainer, and vocalist. Throughout this time, she has helped me discover my passion for opera and classical voice. I sing in Italian, French and German from an array of operas by Mozart, Bellini, Donizetti and others.In February 2007, I performed a debut recital and raised the funds to attend a Summer Intensive at Carnegie Mellon University. For this, I am truly grateful to my community, family, friends and supporters. This year I will attend the Boston Conservatory and continue my studies in voice and opera. I have received grants, loans, and contributions from my family, covering half of the $48,000 tuition for this year. The rest is up to me. Every donation I receive goes directly to pay my tuition payments. If you would grant me this opportunity to sing for you, it would give me great pleasure. This event is free to all, and I encourage all opera and vocal music lovers to attend. The program will include arias and musical theatre pieces from Le Nozze di Figaro, Romeo et Juliette, La Bohème, Don Giovanni, Phantom of the Opera, Kismet and more!
Update on recitals: as of 9/2/08
We have raised about twenty thousand dollars through concerts and donations!
The total cost for the Boston Conservatory is $50,000.
I have received $10,231 in Financial Aid
I have raised about $20,000 at two recitals last month
My dad is contributing $1,000 a month for the duration…
I’m getting closer!