Sep 17, 2013
Smith College Grad Katie Weiser of Litchfield at Syracuse Pursuing Career in Song
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"There are going to be times that you’re the only one who believes in yourself, and you have to believe in yourself all the way,” is what Katie Weiser says is the most important piece of advice she’s ever received. For Ms. Weiser, a Litchfield, Conn., native, this has underscored her musical career as she works to develop and perfect her vocal talent.
And talent is no joke for Ms. Weiser, who has honed her ability from a very young age and has a number of local achievements to prove it. For seven years, beginning at age 7, she performed with Chorus Angelicus, a Torrington, Conn.-based, semi-professional children’s choir—an engagement that not only shaped her musical career but also underscored her adolescence with national and international tours.
“Being able to tour when I was so little, with 25 of my best friends, it was an incredible experience,” she said. After she graduated from the choir, she worked for the organization for three years.
Ms. Weiser spent 10 years with the Tri-Arts Sharon Playhouse, as well as participating in numerous plays throughout her four years at Litchfield High School, giving her experience in musical theater and further live-performance expertise. “I’ve done tons of musical theater, and in high school I was in school plays,” she said.
Her talent did not go unrecognized within the local and regional communities. She participated in the New England, Berkshire and All-State music festivals each year during high school. In the years leading up to her collegiate career, she earned two HALO awards, which recognize high school musical theater performances each year, for her roles as Miss Sherman in “Fame” and Kim in “Bye Bye Birdie.”
She also won the Burton O. Cowgill Award in 2009 presented by the New England Music Festival, which recognizes the participant who earned the highest score in the solo and ensemble adjudications over four years of membership in the festival. “That Friday morning when I woke up, I had the flu, and I was very, very sick, but I said, ‘No, I have to go to this festival,’” she said. “…When they said my name, I was like, ‘Oh my God, I knew I was supposed to be here this weekend!’…That was a really special moment.”
That same day, Ms. Weiser found out she had been accepted to Smith College.