Bishop DiegoSongbird Headed East

Allison Swift admitted to prestigious summer program at NYU

Allison Swift, a junior at Bishop Diego High School, doesn’t have a lot of free time on her hands these days. With AP and honors classes, student government projects and the spotlight role of Mrs. Pots in the upcoming production of Beauty and the Beast, she is burning the candle at both ends. It doesn’t look like she will have much time to relax this summer either. Allison just received word that she is one of 35 people nationally to have been accepted into the New York University Steinhardt School’s Music Theater Workshop. The program runs for three weeks in July and is made up of current NYU students and a handful of others whose audition DVD’s caught the eye and ear of the directors and vocal coaches at the highly competitive school of music.

Allison has always loved to sing and has been working with classical vocal coach, Agatha Carubia, at the Music Academy of the West since she was 12 years old. She also studies jazz and ballet to bolster her stage presence. Allison plans to work toward a bachelor’s degree in Musical Theater with a minor in Music Business, and will be applying to the Boston Conservatory of Music, NYU and the University of Cincinnati in the fall.

You can catch Allison in Bishop High School’s spring musical production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast on Friday, May 20th and Saturday, May 21st in the main gym on campus. Curtain is at 7:00 p.m. and tickets are $10.

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