Cerisse Gabion, a senior at Oxford Academy, Anaheim, Calif., a seventh through twelfth grade college preparatory public school, has had the advantage of being part of a strong choir program thanks to the school set-up. She’s currently a Show Choir member. She even worked with guest clinicians Lisa Freidrichs, choral director at Rancho Bernardo High School, and Dr. Rebecca Lord, lecturer and Associate Director of Choral Activities at the University of California-Los Angeles Herb Alpert School of Music. As the Master Class soloist, she sang Only Hope, originally sung by Mandy Moore for the movie A Walk to Remember. The song also ended up as a choice for the performance contest for Creative Outlook Magazine.
“Every year, the honors choir participates in a master class,” she says. “I learned so much from the UCLA choir director. I gained confidence from that experience and her advice. It was nerve-wracking, but so rewarding.”
In youth theater, she was an ensemble cast member in The Wizard of Oz and Aladdin with the Brea Youth Theatre and a dancer for All Shook Up with the Buena Park Youth Theatre. She serves as a piano accompanist for her church.
At school, she is a member of Friends of Hope which hosts events like homecoming and prom for students of Hope High School, a school for special needs students. She’s a member of National Honor Society and plays flute. Cerisse planning on majoring in computer engineering and computer science. I want to continue with music; it really helps keep me balanced. I figure I will get a minor in music.”
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