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New England Conservatory student, a promising graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts, soprano Arielle Armstrong, got her first spot while a high school senior on the gala concert at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. "She reflected strongly on her school's value with a poised, vibrant delivery of "Summertime" from Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess," sensitively backed by the orchestra." (Clef Notes and Drama Queens, March, 2010,) 
"Her previous performances include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Warner Theater, an appearance in the children's choir with Soulful Symphony at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and several opera scenes at Baltimore School for the Arts including Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Papagena in Mozart's The Magic Flute, Norina in Donizetti's Don Pasquale and Lakmé in Léo Delibe's Lakmé. This past summer she studied with Bill Roudesh and Austin Pendleton in the production of Gypsy at Wyoming Seminary's Performing Art's Institute. In 2008, she had the honor of working with Cindy Oxberry, Patrick O'Donnell and many others in the Washington National Opera's Institute for the Young Singer, after which she was selected to sing at the Kennedy Center on the Millennium Stage. Her most recent accomplishments include winning the 2009 Howard County Teen Idol and singing the National Anthem for the Bowie Baysox." (2010, The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Archived Press Release)
Also a classical singer, Arielle Simone Armstrong's great-grandmother, Thelma L. Forniss Prince (1923-2007) was a member of the Alabama State University Chior.  Her grandmother,  a singer, composer and lyricist who has directed youth choirs, first recognized the breadth of Arielle's musical capability when she was 12 years old.  At her Lenior Rhyne College voice class, the best of the best high school seniors--plus one 7th grader, Arielle Armstrong--members were called on by the instructor to perform, a Capella, a difficult note during practice.  After a round of failed attempts, the instructor pointed with confidence, "Arielle?" And, as expected by her instructor and classmates, gifted middle-schooler, Arielle Simone, with eased command, sang the note beautifully and the class instruction proceeded. 
I will always remember that moment as the proud grandmother of a poised, self-motivated, well-prepared up and coming vocalist.
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