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Soprano in the Spotlight: Carmel Groenwald

1 Groenwald CarmelThis season, we are happy to welcome new singers to the Chorale. To get acquainted with our new friends, we’re going to feature each of them right here on ChoirTap this season.

Carmel Groenwald is the newest addition to our SOPRANO section and happens to be featured with a solo in our upcoming A Chorale Christmas concert series. 

When or how did you start singing?  I started singing at a very young age listening to my mother and dad sing in church. It was always a joy to stand on the pew next to Dad and try to match the harmonies he was singing.

What excites you most about singing in the Phoenix Chorale? The most exciting part about singing with the Phoenix Chorale is that I am a part of the ensemble that served as a catalyst for my love of and pursuit of choral music. It’s a dream come true. It’s a challenge. Perhaps most importantly, it’s an opportunity for growth and development beyond what I thought I had potential for.

What is your favorite musical memory? Auditioning for a role in our High School Musical, Les Miserables and realizing I could sing soprano.

What was the first concert you attended?  The first concert I attended was a Christian festival in California on the fair-grounds called Spirit West Coast. There was many different stages, and tons of artists from the radio. We camped in a horse stall. It was fabulous.

What is your musical guilty pleasure? Dashboard confessional. The band that allows me to sing at the top of my lungs with all sorts of drama and vendetta.

What talent would you most like to have?  I would LOVE to be able to pick up any song for piano and be able to sight read it.

Favorite flavor of ice cream: Has to be coffee.

If a movie was made about your life, what actor/actress would play you? Natalie Portman would definitely play my life. Brooding, thoughtful, joyous and loud.

Imagine you are stranded on a deserted island for all of eternity and you can bring 5 movies with you – what 5 movies would you bring?  I would bring

If you were an animal, what animal would you be? I would probably be a tropical bird of some sort. Loud.  Brightly dressed. Likes to be in groups.  Can fly away.