Fraser High student to sing at PBS music competition

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published April 23, 2019

 Fraser High School junior Brooke Arnold performs in the school’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors” in February.

Fraser High School junior Brooke Arnold performs in the school’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors” in February.

Photo provided by Christine Arnold

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FRASER — Brooke Arnold is doing her best to sing her way to the top.

Arnold, a junior at Fraser High School, is a contestant in PBS’ upcoming Celebration of Music Contest — a national talent search that showcases America’s best singers, musicians, bands and dancers between the ages of 4 and 25.

A slew of competitors will perform May 4 at Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts in Detroit. Pending enough votes of support for each competitor, contestants will be able to perform during the live presentation. If the Detroit show is sold out, PBS will air the local competition live across the United States.

The winner of the Detroit-based competition will be flown to Los Angeles later this year to compete against the nation’s best.

Arnold heard about the competition through one of her classmates. In February, she sent in an audition tape of herself singing.

In early March, she received an invite to attend the Detroit competition.

“I was very excited for the opportunity,” Arnold said. “A goal of mine was not necessarily to win, but just to have the experience of performing on a stage like the Detroit Music Hall.”

Arnold is a member of Fraser Performing Arts, consistently taking part in plays and musicals, and learning about music theory and playing instruments.

She plays alto saxophone in the Fraser marching band. She is also a drum major both this year and next.

Her mother, Christine Arnold, said her daughter has always had a “huge heart” for musical performance. That started back in fourth grade, due to what can be attributed to a sibling rivalry with her brother, Brad, who was involved in band and choir.

“Seeing him doing so well gave me a competitive attitude to be better than him,” Brooke said. “I was always driven to be like him.”

Some of her favorite musicals include “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Rent.” The junior said “Wicked” is “always such a classic.”

It’s a busy time for her. Along with taking her SATs and traveling to New York City for a school choir trip, she feels nervous, yet excited, for her upcoming moment in the spotlight.

Her experience may also be a stepping stone to future endeavors. She has internally debated a performance-oriented career in the future. Either that, or she may join the ranks of the music education teaching profession.

“Being a part of the music program has really taught me how to reach out and be confident and be determined and passionate about what I do,” Brooke said. “Having such great teachers has really encouraged me to go further and maybe be a teacher and maybe perform.”

To vote for Brooke, visit celebrationofmusic.com/brooke-arnold. Only one vote per email address will count. To hear Brooke sing, search for her videos on YouTube.

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