It is so wonderful to watch students progress and succeed. At 6 years old, it was clear that this little girl was special. Fast forward to 4 years later - Stevie felt confident that she could handle the rigors of an audition in NYC. Our collective efforts payed off - Stevie with the constant whip cracking, her Mom's loving and watchful eye, and Aliyah's own perseverance and practice to get the piece we chose polished to perfection. On Monday we learned that she had won first place her division, ages 10 - 14 in The New York Lyric Opera Theater's National vocal competition. Being on the young end of the spectrum and still prevailing over 50+ other singers, is an affirmation of that special quality she has always possessed. It is my sincere pleasure to have helped her thus far on her journey.