The line up for next year’s choir ensembles were posted on March 13, 2019. A compilation of names under a header that read Chambers 2019-2020 caused a buzz in the music wing; the new Chambers additions were carefully selected for their common love for music making and their undeniable skill. While this ensemble is usually comprised of upperclassmen, Sophie O’Hara stands as the only female freshman (soon to be sophomore) Chamber addition.
Musical theater and performance is closely woven through every aspect of Sophie’s life and has helped nurture her love for singing. In addition to being apart of McMahon’s freshman choir, she participates in many Crystal Theater performances and is a student at the Regional Center for the Arts (RCA), which she leaves every third period for on Fridays.
With her extracurricular commitments being vocally demanding, O’Hara takes private vocal lessons to ensure she’s maintaining healthy singing techniques. Her vocal coach goes by the name of Cheryl Kemeny, and Sophie has been under her teaching since sixth grade.
“Training in depth has really helped my voice along. I know I wouldn’t be where I am today without it. It’s been really good to have guidance. It’s helped me find my voice,” said O’Hara (‘22).
O’Hara is only allowed to attend RCA for another year if she is to meet her credit requirements for graduation. For her junior and senior year, Sophie hopes to get more involved in the drama club and anything she can for the music department. Until then, Sophie plans to give Chambers her undivided attention.
“I’m really excited! I feel very flattered. I’m excited to work hard next year and earn my place,” she claims with a humbled smile.
Sophie has hopes to pursue musical theater when she’s older and is the sole reason she takes her singing as seriously as she does. In the loving way she speaks about performing, it’s no wonder how her passion coupled with her raw talent has gotten her a place in the Chambers ensemble.
“I mean, I just love performing. It’s hard to explainー something about being up there and being apart of a show is one of the best feelings in the world.