Bray Studio alum singer Michael Williams has been a powerful contestant on NBC’s The Voice, Season 18! Nick Jonas, the pop star who has mentored Michael, said Williams "has got the voice of an angel.”
James Taylor, the "mega-mentor" on The Voice Monday, April 20, praised Williams as being "really an accomplished singer. He's got his body as well as his soul into it."
Aftert Michael Williams sang in the the four-way Knockout Round, John Legend turned to Jonas and said, "That was amazing." Nick Jonas praised Williams by saying: "I'm coming out of my skin right now, because that's the best you've ever sounded. It was so perfect, and you have to continue on in this competition. So America, I beg of you – please, please, please – vote Michael through (to the live shows)."
The winner of the four-way Knockout will be announced in two weeks, on Monday May 4, the season's first live show (8 p.m., Channel 5, NBC).
to Bray Studio alum DuVall Jones and
New York University Tish School of the Arts a cappella group N’Harmonics, winners of
the 2019 International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA)! DuVall Jones, NYU Freshman majoring in Musical Theatre, was a featured soloist in
their performance that awarded them the distinctive honor and NYU’s first win in
the university’s history. They also won special awards for Outstanding
Arrangement and Outstanding Choreography. As ICCA Champions they received The
Gooding Cup. This is THE a cappella
trophy, hand-crafted by the maker of the Grammy Awards. Every champion group
since 1996 has its name engraved on the Gooding Cups, a symbol of innovation
and excellence in a cappella.
ICCA is an international competition that attracts hundreds of college a cappella groups each year. It is the ONLY global tournament of its kind for college a cappella. The Finals round was held in New York City, April 28, 2019.
Watch Bray Studio's DuVall Jones with his a cappella group the New York University Tish School Of the Arts N’Harmonics full
performance in the ICCA Finals competition below. (His solo in “Juno” begins at 3:43)
DuVall Jones also performed at Carnegie Hall in the N'Harmonics for the International Championship of A Cappella Open, on October 20, 2019. We wish all of them great success!
Three cheers for Bray Studio's Ari Johnson for being cast as PETER PAN
in PETER PAN, JR! Presented by Mason Middle School Drama Club. The show is on hold for now.
applause! Bray Studio’s Olivia Reese gave an outstanding
performance as the unforgettably evil WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST in the iconic
musical THE WIZARD OF OZ! Show dates
were March 5-7, 2020. Presented by Cincinnati Christian Schools, Fairfield, OH.
There is magic in the air! Congratulations to Bray Studio's Brynn Adamson cast as the fast-talking, fun-loving, scene- stealing, wisecracker GENIE in ALADDIN KIDS the musical! The show will be appearing May 30-31, 2020, at Fitton Center for Creative Arts, Hamilton, OH.
Three cheers for the new cast of MAMA MIA! the musical, especially Bray Studio's Erika Smith (ROSIE), Will Morris (BILL AUSTIN), James Hendricks and Nathanael Lape (Ensemble), and for former students Andrea Poole (LISA), Tara Maine (Backup Singer), Christopher Mann (HARRY BRIGHT), Jackson Albers and Rachel Smith (Ensemble). The show runs from April 16-19, 2020. Presented by Wm Mason High School, Mason, OH.
Congratulations to Bray Studio's Emma Holtke for being awarded a top rating of "1" for her Vocal Solo, in the 2020 Ohio Music Education Association Solo & Ensemble Contest! She sang beautifully!
GET READY!!!! Bray Music Studio alum Michael Williams has auditioned for the popular TV show, NBC’s The Voice!!!! Tune in to cheer him on and see how he did when Season 18 premieres Monday, Feb 24, at 8pm EST on NBC! Good luck, Michael!
Hats off to Bray Studio's Nathanael Lape cast as CINDERELLA’S FATHER, and to Connor Lape as FOREST PERSON in the wonderful new cast of Stephen Sondheim’s INTO THE WOODS musical! Show dates are June 5-7, 2020. Presented by Royal Theatre Company, Mason, OH.
to Bray Studio’s Morgan Halstead for
being cast in the lead role of the pious and beautiful missionary SERGEANT SARAH
BROWN, and to Mackenzie Nitz as MIMI
DOLL, featured dancer, MATCH BOX GIRL in the classic Frank Loesser musical GUYS
AND DOLLS! Show dates are in April, 2020. Presented by Performing Arts, Inc, in
West Chester, OH.
Applause, applause for Bray Music Studio alumna, professional actress Jenna VanWeelden! She won the 2019 BroadwayWorld Regional Award Cincinnati for Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Princess Aurora (aka “RORY”), in the world-premiere production of SLEEPING BEAUTY. The big award honoring Miss VanWeelden's outstanding achievement was announced January 10, 2020.
SLEEPING BEAUTY also won the 2019 BroadwayWorld Cincinnati Award for Best New Musical! A clever take on the classic fairy tale, this new production is a rock musical comedy packed with humor, heart and a powerful message! The show was held at the Taft Theatre, April 27-May 6, 2019, and presented by The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, which also won the 2019 BroadwayWorld Regional Award for Theater of the Year!
Jenna VanWeelden studied Voice with teacher Carol Bray, of Bray Music Studio, throughout her high school years, before attending college at Taylor University, and Moscow Art Theatre School-MXAT, in Russia.
(Below: Actress Jenna VanWeelden as RORY in a Highlight Reel of SLEEPING BEAUTY.)
is an honor for me to announce CONGRATULATIONS to Bray Studio’s Olivia Reese for making it to the
Semi-Finals in Musical Theater in the 2020 Cincinnati Arts Association Overture
Awards Scholarship Competition! Miss Reese
is 1 of 18 who achieved this distinction out of approx. 90 who competed in the
Theater category, on January 25th. Olivia
is a Junior at Cincinnati Christian Schools. The next round of competition will
be on Feb. 7th, 2020, at Cincinnati's Aronoff Center for the Arts, and is open
to the public.
You'd better believe the sun will come out, when Bray Studio's Brinley Culver stars as everyone's favorite redhead ANNIE, in the upcoming musical ANNIE, JR! The show date is January 24, 2020. Presented by Encore Performing Arts, Fairfield, OH.
Congratulations to Bray Studio's Nathanael Lape for his energizing performance in the musical FROZEN JR! Show dates were November 15-17. Sponsored by Royal Theatre Company, Mason, Ohio.
Mezzo-soprano Megan Moore continues to wow audiences with her stunning voice and coloratura prowess! One of her latest achievements came during this past summer when Megan performed Rossini's "Nacqui all'affano...non piu mesta" from the opera La Cenerentola, with the Nürnberg Symphony, while attending the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie, in Germany.
Megan began her study in Voice with teacher Carol Bray (Bray Music Studio) at age 14, and up through her high school years.
(Video courtesy of the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie
Nürnberger Symophoniker; Maestro Michael Hofstetter)
Bringing it in Lynchburg, Virginia, Bray Studio's Olivia Reese starred as the vivacious AIDA, in Liberty University's Acting Uncut summer performance cabaret TRUE MYTH! The show ran in July.
Get ready for another MATILDA musical now in rehearsals. Kudos to Bray Studio's Morgan Halstead cast as MISS HONEY, in this production sponsored by Performing Arts, Inc.
MATILDA is a story that
revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring
story of a girl who dreams of a better life. This musical has won 47
international awards and continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages
around the world.
Performance dates are September 27th & 28th, 2019, at Fitton Center for Creative Arts, Hamilton, Ohio.
Congratulations to Bray Studio's Morgan Halstead, Emily Garver, Megan Garver and Ramya Rajan in FROZEN, JR, the musical! All were fantastic in this production sponsored by Performing Arts, Inc., in June. Morgan Halstead and Emily Garver gave marvelous performances, both starring as ELSA, in this double cast. Presented at Fitton Center for Creative Arts, Hamilton, OH.
To the right: view a live performance of Morgan Halstead singing "Let It Go."
You can catch the very talented Bray Studio alumni Nancy Corsmeier, Kennedy Carstens, Brandon Cole, Beth Ann Wipprecht, Michael Williams and Erika Denny entertaining at Kings Island this summer. It's always a treat to see them perform! (Pictured here: Brandon Cole and Erika Denny.)
Applause, applause for Bray Studio's Morgan Tracy for her outstanding performance as that spunky, redheaded orphan Annie in the adored musical ANNIE! Presented by Mount Notre Dame Summer Theatre, Cincinnati, OH, on June 7, 2019. (Here: catch a glimpse of her performance!)
Bravo to Bray Studio's Claire Connell cast as TI MOUNE, and to Leah Tennie as ANDREA DEVERAUX in the new musical production ONCE ON THIS ISLAND! Show dates are July 26th, 27th, 28th & August 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 2019. Presented by Mount Notre Dame Theatre, Cincinnati, OH.
Bray Studio’s Olivia Wiles performed a beautiful rendition of "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)," as part of a celebratory and solemn evening at her high school Baccalaureate,
Lakota East High School, West Chester, OH, May 22, 2019.
There's a sassy new show that promises to catch your imagination! Congratulations to the new cast of MATILDA the musical, especially Bray Studio's Ella Jo Wright (Tina Tommy), Raegan Gochoel (Miss Honey) Mia Prasinos (Receiving Nurse #1, Cook, Ensemble) and to Gwen Cullen, Kallen Hansen, Ella Predmore and Elise Barry (Ensemble)!
MATILDA is a story that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. This musical has won 47 international awards and continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages around the world. Show dates will be in the fall of 2019. Presented by Acting Up Theatre, Mason, OH.
The 2018-19 Cappies of Greater Cincinnati Nominations are here! Congratulations to Bray Studio's Olivia Reese - Comic Actress in a Play| Cincinnati Christian High School | The Women of Lockerbie, and to Mia Prasinos - Featured Actress in a Musical | Ursuline Academy | Les Miserables!
This icy musical is going to be hot! Congratulations to Bray Studio's Morgan Halstead and Emily Garver, both cast as ELSA, and to Megan Garver (WESELTON) and Ramya Rajan (ensemble) in the double cast of FROZEN, JR! Coming June 28-30, at Fitton Center for Creative Arts, Hamilton , OH. Sponsored by Performing Arts, Inc.
Applause, applause to Bray Studio's Olivia Reese for her outstanding performance as DOLLY LEVI in the blockbuster Broadway hit musical HELLO DOLLY! Show dates were March 7-9, 2019, at Parrish Auditorium, Hamilton, OH. Presented by Cincinnati Christian Schools.
Everybody, let's dance! Kudos to Bray Studio's Jenna Skidmore, Andrea Poole and former student Maliyah Gaines in the new cast of FOOTLOOSE the musical! Coming June 7-9, 2019. Sponsored by Royal Theatre Company, Mason, OH.
Stop the presses! It'll be criminal to miss this super cast of CHICAGO, especially Bray Studio's Erika Smith (MAMA), Tess Brewer, Will Morris, Raegan Gochoel, and Andrea Poole! Performance dates are April 25-28, 2019. Presented by William Mason High School, Mason, Ohio.
Congratulations to the new cast of FREAKY FRIDAY the musical, especially Bray Studio’s Laurel Dobrozsi in the lead role of ELLIE,Caroline Moore (DR. EHRIN, GRETCHEN’S MOM), Maliyah Gaines (DANIELLE/ Dancer), Matthew Ho (WELLS/ Student Director), Emily Garver and Julie Marcum (Ensemble). Coming in spring, 2019, at Lakota West High School, West Chester, Ohio.
Cinderella is about to lose her glass slipper, again! Congratulations to Bray Studio’s Maggie Drake for being cast as CINDERELLA, in INTO THE WOODS! Sponsored by Performing Arts, Inc., West Chester, OH. Coming June 9th, 2018.
And if you want to see another presentation of this enchanting musical, you can also catch Bray Studio's alumna Isabella Rosa as CINDERELLA in the East Side Players Cincinnati production of INTO THE WOODS! Show dates for this cast are June 8, 10, 14 & 16.
- "She was phenomenal!"
- "Oh, my goodness! She was so amazing! Such talent!"
Congratulations to Bray Studio's Grace Trainer for her magical performance as TINKER BELL in PETER PAN, JR. The show ran April 14th and 15th, and sponsored by St. Margaret of York Catholic School, Cincinnati, Ohio.