Penticton singer lands top instruction from idol

Penticton’s Saige Carlson said despite not landing in the finals of a national singing competition, in her mind she got the top prize.

Penticton songstress Saige Carlson with her idol Isabel Bayrakdarian at the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Association convention.

Penticton songstress Saige Carlson with her idol Isabel Bayrakdarian at the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Association convention.

Penticton’s Saige Carlson said despite not landing in the finals of a national singing competition, in her mind she got the top prize.

“Those who didn’t move on got to do a masterclass with the judges and I got to do that with Isabel Bayrakdarian which I was really excited about because she is my favourite singer. I was beside myself,” said Carlson. “I wouldn’t have gotten the feedback I did if I made it to the finals, and at this stage in my singing I need that.”

Carlson, who represented B.C.,  was the youngest of those chosen to the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Association convention held July 3 to 6. She only found her voice as a soprano six years ago and said training with Lynne Leydier has helped develop her into a multi-faceted artist.

Despite having rehearsal jitters, Carlson said her performance in Halifax went without a hitch in front of the judges including Bayrakdarian.

“It felt like it just fell into place and it was a really good experience,” said Carlson. “I felt like I grew as a singer and it was really educational getting to see and meet all these singers.”

Carlson held a fundraising concert last month to help her with the costs.

“I just feel really lucky to live in this place where everyone is so supportive,” said Carlson.