Emma Lee Schauf, 16, of Wilkinsburg, also a chorister there, became the sixth singer in the nation to earn the Gold Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Royal School. She has been a part of the Calvary music program since Kindergarten, and earlier won the Royal School's Bronze and Silver Awards. Schauf took the exam in August in North Carolina, with Richard Rhoads of St. Andrew on the Sound in Wilmington, N.C., as
her accompianist and Jon Erik Schreiber as her voice coach.
“It is absolutely thrilling to have her earn this distinction—and that she is now the youngest person in the country to achieve it only makes it sweeter," says Alan Lewis, director of music at Calvary (left, with Emma). "She is also the second person from this choir to gain this top honor, which is immensely gratifying.”
Congrats to Emma!