Angelea Taylor’s performance to be followed by flyover.
Brookline's Angelea Taylor will sing the national anthem at the opening of the 2011 National Veterans Wheelchair Games on Monday. “It’s a really great honor for her to sing the anthem (at the games),” said Angelea’s father, Malcolm Taylor, because of the family’s tradition of military service. “I’m a veteran, my father … many of Angelea’s relatives have served,” he said. Taylor, 17, has been singing since she was 3 years old. By age 10, she was performing in her first opera. Although she also studied dance and played soccer, Taylor said that as the years progressed, “singing kind of took over.” Beyond years of private voice lessons, she trained as a soprano with the Pittsburgh Opera and was a member of the Duquesne University sponsored …
Angelea Taylor was among just 30 high school students from across the country chosen to perform with the Grammy Jazz Ensembles.
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- Faith Cotter
Monday, February 21, 2011
There was one last test in the audition that Angelea Taylor, a Creative and Performing Arts high school junior from Brookline, had to pass before she knew if her voice would be heard in California with this year's Grammy Jazz Ensembles Program. It was an a cappella test over the telephone. When the last note faded, the voice on the other end declared: “Welcome to L.A., honey. You made it!” “I cried because I didn't think I was going to get it,” Taylor said. It was the payoff for the many nights Taylor spent, pajama-clad and with a metronome nearby, practicing melodies such as “Jazz Crimes,” “Hush, Hush, Hush” and “Come Rain, Come Shine” - spiced up, Taylor said, “because this was jazz.” Taylor, a classically trained soprano, said it was …