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Nashoba Valley Chorale announces Emerging Artists winners

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Nashoba Valley Chorale is a community chorus drawing members and audiences from all around the Nashoba Valley and beyond. As part of our community outreach and involvement, Nashoba Valley Chorale hosts an Emerging Artist Contest yearly and invites promising young singers to perform solos in concert.

This season’s concert, The Revelations of Divine Love, featuring Carson Cooman’s oratorio by that name, takes place Jan. 19, at 8 p.m., at the Performing Arts Center at Littleton High School. This year, the winners are:

* Lilias (Jeong Hun) Kim, a student at Groton School, is an accomplished classical musician who has won several international music competitions and has studied around the world. As a passionate arts leader, Lilias founded Mustard Seed Music, a nonprofit that supports local arts education non-governmental organizations. Lilias now trains with Angela Gooch and Maryann Lanier in the U.S. She hopes to study classical voice and political science in college.

* Kimi Sturgeon is a 15-year-old classical singer who aspires to be a world-renowned soprano. She studies with Victoria Avetisyan and has attended Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute for the past two summers as a participant in the Young Artists Vocal Program. Kimi has performed at Carnegie Hall twice, as the winner of the American Fine Arts Festival and of the American Protégé International Vocal Competition. Recently, Kimi won a contest to sing the national anthem for the Pawtucket Red Sox.

* Timothy Goliger, 16, is a junior at Marlboro High School. In addition to performing with many ensembles at Marlboro High School under the direction of Shannon McNulty of Littleton, Timothy has also had the honor of singing in both the MMEA Central District Choir and the MMEA All State Choir for the past three years. He currently studies organ privately with local educator and organist Roger Mansen, and works as a substitute organist around the MetroWest community. He hopes to major in and continue to study music throughout college.

* Son of a church organist, Matthew Bliss has been singing since he was 4 years old. Now 23, he is currently pursuing a doctorate in chemical engineering at Tufts University. For the last few years, he has been studying voice with Rob Woodin at Indian Hill Music School.

For more information about Nashoba Valley Chorale, this concert and the Emerging Artists Contest, visit nashobavalleychorale.org.