- Upper School
Sophomore Madeline Darigan has a lot to crow about. Maddie recently participated in the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) All-Eastern Honors Choir Festival in Rochester, NY from March 4-7. At Thornton Academy, Maddie sings with the Chamber Singers; she also plays the cello in Orchestra and the trombone in Jazz Band.
The ACDA All-Eastern Honors Choir brings high school singers together to rehearse with master conductors and perform choral music. The Honors Choir convenes every other year, so being selected for this elite group, which consists of only 150 singers from across the eastern part of the United States, is a high honor.
Choral Director Cathy Murray encouraged Darigan to audition for the Honors Choir. In addition to the scheduled Chamber Singers rehearsals, Murray meets with Darigan after school on a regular basis for additional training.
“Madeline is an extremely talented young woman! Not only has she sung in District, All-State, and National Choirs, she plays the cello in orchestra and the trombone in Jazz Band. Madeline is also a wonderful actress! I have loved every second of working with her. She likes to be challenged and allows me to push her,” Murray said.
Darigan enjoyed the experience of being amongst other passionate singers in the Honors Choir, and the experience of spending entire days dedicated to rehearsal and singing. She speaks highly of the conductor, Dr. Edith Copley, Regents’ Professor and Director of Choral Studies at Northern Arizona University.
“The Honors Chorus was amazing. I loved getting to meet people from all over and having that one thing in common: we all love to sing!” Darigan said.
In addition to her musical pursuits at Thornton Academy, Darigan also sings with Teen Opera Maine, where she is able to pursue her passion of opera music. She will be a part of Opera Maine’s upcoming performance of Richard Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman. This will be her first experience performing opera, though she has studied opera music extensively and developed a love for classical singing.
Darigan has been encouraged in her choral efforts by TA Choral Director Murray, saying “she always makes it so much fun. She’s always so supportive. When I came to TA and started singing, it was a totally different experience. She focuses a lot on technique, which helps both the whole group and individual singers.”
Darigan has also been selected for the Maine All-State Choir and will perform with that group in May. She hopes to continue studying music in college, but doesn’t have specific plans at this point.
Congratulations, Maddie! We can’t wait to see what the future holds for you!