2013-04-25 / On the Town

Former Miss Ventura County lends operatic voice to concert

CLU alumna raising cash to study music abroad
By Stephanie Bertholdo

Kayla Bailey Kayla Bailey Former Miss Ventura Kayla Bailey is putting herself in the spotlight to raise money for an educational opportunity abroad.

A California Lutheran University graduate, Bailey is finishing a master’s degree program in vocal performance at Cal State Northridge. She recently won a $1,000 scholarship to attend the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Austria, but the six-week summer program will cost more than the amount of the grant.

The CLU alumna, who won the Miss Ventura honor in 2012, will be the featured artist in a concert at the Samuelson Chapel at CLU in Thousand Oaks on Fri., May 3. She hopes to raise the additional $7,000 needed to attend the program in Graz, Austria.

In addition to the cost of the program, Bailey said she must pay for airfare, food, transportation and other expenses.

The AIMS summer program is an elite program for budding opera singers like Bailey.

If her plan to raise money succeeds, she will attend music and German language classes and a master course where she will perform and receive critiques from classical music professionals. She will also receive private voice lessons and will have the opportunity to perform in concerts and recitals.

The CLU concert will kick off with a classical repertoire from composers Benjamin Britten and Johannes Brahms, and will conclude with musical theater tunes and pop vocals, including the James Bond song “Skyfall.”

Other featured artists from Ventura and Los Angeles will also perform.

Bailey said fellow CSUN students Joel Castro and Jenny Ohrstrom, and former CLU classmate Susan Ruth are donating their time and talent to help her reach her goal.

Also performing will be Arete Vocal Ensemble singers Sterling Koch and Michael Falcone, and Oxnard-based jazz singer Desiree Gillespie. Bailey’s private voice studio students Ally Crocker and Alex Brandenberg will perform with their jazz band, which includes members of the Moorpark High School jazz ensemble.

“It’s going to be an amazing concert,” Bailey said.

The evening event will include a live auction, refreshments, raffled gifts and the opportunity to shop at vendor booths, including Premier Design jewelry, which will donate a portion of its proceeds toward the trip.

Bailey, 24, lives in Moorpark, teaches private voice lessons and works as a rehearsal assistant for the Los Cerritos Middle School choir in Thousand Oaks and the Los Robles Children’s Choir in Westlake Village.

After she graduates from CSUN, Bailey wants to pursue a professional singing career.

“I love performing all kinds of music, so I will be auditioning for opera young artist programs, competing in vocal competitions, auditioning for musical theater productions.”

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the concert begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and free for children under 10. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance by contacting Bailey at (805) 298-9638 or kmbailey1123@yahoo.com.

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