Bishop’s Singers Earn Solo Honors

Four student vocalists have submitted their finalist videos in the Southern California Vocal Association Solo Festival, and seven of our singers have earned recognition from the San Diego NATS Classical singing competition.

Classical Solo Honors

Maya Buckley ’22, Alex Kuncz ’21, Haha Shi ’22 and Flavia Valente ’22 are four finalists among the top 15 who advance from the first round of competition. Dr. Christine Micu, Bishop’s Performing Arts Department Chair notes proudly, “All four scored "Superior" in the Classical music category.  They now move into Round 2, where they will record a second classical aria or art song submission, and receive comments and feedback in a live Zoom session with adjudicators on May 8 for the Live Virtual Finals.”

The students have been working hard on their repertoires, preparing over the course of the past few months (some since October). Flavia explains what the first round feedback was like,, “ I got points off for breathing through my nose, which is controversial in the classical singing community. I’ll take larger, more operatic breaths when I submit again to feel the difference.”

This group has a clear love of singing. “I honestly just love the freedom of it. I have always liked singing because it was fun for me and it was cool to constantly try singing new things. I discovered around the end of middle school that my favorite styles were classical and musical theatre, and focused on those two areas throughout high school. I have found that with every piece, I can take on a new character and try something new/different while still adding my own expressive element. That flexibility for individuality definitely is what makes me love this art,” says Haha. She continues, “My experiences in choir at school helped me realize my love for singing, and I am so thankful for that.”

Flavia adds, “I love how singing connects everyone, through any generation or language. It also feeds my soul in a way that other art forms don’t because singing is deeply personal, but it’s expository. Our voice is one of our most identifiable features, one of our most quintessential conduits of individuality and character. When we sing, we give a piece of ourselves to others. There’s such beauty in that vulnerability. 

“Being a part of choir has connected me to the stimulating and inspiring musical community at our school. In Bishop’s Singers, Dr. Micu supports and mentors us and we encourage one another, share in our love for singing, both individually and as one, and challenge each other. It’s been a tough year, but we’ve still managed to experience the magic of making music as a group. I’m so grateful that I’ve had the choir community around me during my time  at Bishop’s.”

San Diego Chapter of National Teachers of Singing (NATS) Competition Results
  • Abby Beamer ’22 - High School Spiritual Award
  • Marcus Buu-hoan ’24 - High School (Tenor/Baritone/Bass) Encouragement Award
  • Sophia Gleeson ’24 - High School Lower: first place
  • Elizabeth Jin '24 - Lower high school Encouragement Award
  • Alexander Kuncz ’21 - High School Sparrow Award and High School Upper (Tenor/Baritone/Bass) first place
  • Haha Shi ’22 - High School Middle second place 
  • Elise Watson ’22 - High School Upper second place

Congratulations to all our Bishop’s vocalists!
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The Bishop’s School is an independent, coeducational college-preparatory day school for students in grades six through twelve who live throughout San Diego County. Founded in 1909, the School is affiliated with the Episcopal church.