“I realized last January that I was already 14, and if I really wanted to do this with my life, I had to buckle down and do it,” says aspiring singer Maggie Curole of Cut Off.
One Lafourche Parish teen is one step closer to her dream of singing on Broadway after she was accepted to the pre-college program at the Manhattan School of Music.
Maggie Curole, of Cut Off, said she first began singing as a way to relieve anxiety and stress from school. She began taking lessons with local vocal coach Aubrey Pousson and listened to classical music to help her fall asleep.
Curole has six years of experience performing in five languages — English, German, Italian, Spanish and Latin — and has won several awards.
“I realized last January that I was already 14, and if I really wanted to do this with my life, I had to buckle down and do it,” Curole said.
Curole approached her mom about applying for pre-college programs, and the two began filling out applications and setting up auditions in New York.
“You hear little kids when they’re young and they say what they want to be when they grow up and it changes constantly,” Andrea Curole, Curole’s mom, said. “Maggie’s always said she wanted to be a singer.”
Andrea said she was nervous at first when they began to fill out applications.
“I know I have to let her try,” the mother of three said. “I have to give her that opportunity to see if this is something she can really do.”
Along with auditioning for the Manhattan School of Music, Curole auditioned for Juilliard. During the audition for Manhattan, Curole performed two songs of contrasting styles before a panel of judges who listened but asked no questions. She later received a callback audition, and the day afterward, Maggie received word that she had been accepted.
“I felt like I was home,” Curole said. “When I went there for my audition, I felt like I was supposed to be there. It was really amazing.”
At the pre-college program in Manhattan, Curole will receive private lessons, as well as attend classes on Saturdays for ear training and music theory. She will continue her education toward her high-school degree through online courses while living in New York.
Curole and her mom said they plan to move to New York in the summer of 2018, and Curole will begin classes that fall, giving the family a year to save and raise the money for tuition and moving expenses. An online fundraising campaign…