Chloe Millard '22
Voice major to spend summer on opera stage
After making it through three rounds of auditions in a nationwide search, voice performance major Chloe Millard '22 learned she would be spending this summer in San Diego as a studio artist in the all-professional Opera Neo festival. Her voice teacher, Whitworth Professor of Music Scott Miller, was the first person she called.
"There never was a time throughout this whole process that I didn't feel encouraged or supported by Scott Miller," Millard says. "He assured me through its entirety, and I am so blessed to have such an amazing teacher, mentor and friend."
It was Miller who sent her the link with information about the program on the day applications were due last fall. At the time, Millard was feeling discouraged after applying to a handful of programs with no success. "He encouraged me to simply apply and see what happens, even on the day of the application deadline," Millard says.
Thanks to her voice teacher, this summer will be one Millard will never forget. Over six weeks, she will perform as a member of the ensemble, cover (opera's term for "understudy") main-stage roles, and perform in an aria marathon concert, in addition to receiving lessons and coaching.
"I am overjoyed thinking about working for an opera company, doing what I love in sunny San Diego," she says. "I am flattered to be chosen to work with professional singers, directors and musicians. My dreams of becoming a professional singer feel as if they are starting to come true."
Miller views his student's acceptance to the program as an affirmation of her considerable talent and dedication. "Chloe doesn't rely on her natural gifts," he says. "She continuously strives to improve and refine her skills… the definition of good artistic stewardship!"