Local teen featured in choir, commercial

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published December 13, 2018

 L’Anse Creuse Middle School-South student Ava Kern demonstrated her vocal talents during the Michigan Opera Theatre  Children’s Chorus’ “A Winter Fantasy”  concert on Dec. 2.

L’Anse Creuse Middle School-South student Ava Kern demonstrated her vocal talents during the Michigan Opera Theatre Children’s Chorus’ “A Winter Fantasy” concert on Dec. 2.

Photo provided by Natalie Kern

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HARRISON TOWNSHIP — If it weren’t for singing, Ava Kern says she doesn’t know what she would do in her spare time.

It’s a joke, of course. Kind of.

Kern, a seventh-grader at L’Anse Creuse Middle School-South in Harrison Township, is not only involved in her school’s choir, she is also a longtime member of the Michigan Opera Theatre Children’s Chorus, or MOTCC.

After years singing onstage at Yacks Elementary School, also in Harrison Township, an uncle told her about Michigan Opera Theatre taking auditions for its children’s chorus, which is open to singers ages 8-16. She made it into the preparatory chorus that first year, which is open to singers ages 8-11, and the following year made it in the principal chorus.

On Dec. 2, Kern performed in her third “A Winter Fantasy” concert in front of a sold-out crowd.

“My whole life I have been interested in singing and writing songs,” said Kern, 12, of Clinton Township. “I really want to start the piano so I can write more and sing and play.”

But there’s more to Kern than singing and music, said proud mother Natalie Kern.

“Ava is also very involved in her middle school, and she is part of the seventh-grade choir, and she’s an honor roll student maintaining a 4.0 (GPA),” Natalie Kern said. “She also enjoys volleyball and swimming and dogs.”

She also sang in a Claritin television commercial, in which she can be heard singing the line “I can see clearly now the rain is gone.”

“That was fun,” Ava Kern said.

Days after the winter concert, Kern was still on a performance high, and she is looking forward to the group’s next performance.

“I really think it was the best concert we’ve ever had,” she said.

“We just got the script for our main stage performance in March. We’re doing ‘The Secret World of Og.’”

There are close to 40 singers in the MOTCC, and Kern feels close to all of them.

“I really love how all the members feel like family and how we all work well together,” she said. “I just love singing, and I don’t know what I would do without it.”

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