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.