The Voice: Young Princeton vocalist pursuing professional career

Megan Cumming

Friends and family gathered in the sanctuary of the First Congregational Church on June 2 to hear a senior voice recital by Princeton resident, Megan Cumming, soprano.

“I started singing at preschool when I was 3 with Patsy Mollica,” said Cumming, whose goal is to become a professional soloist.

She graduated from Wachusett Regional High School last week and will attend her first choice school, The Schulich School of Music at McGill University in Montreal, as a vocal performance major and as a student of soprano Joanne Kolomyjec.

Following a college audition process, Cumming was accepted at all the college/ music programs and conservatory she applied for: The School of Music at Arizona State University, the University of Connecticut, Carnegie Mellon College of Fine Arts, The Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, The University of Michigan School of music, Theater and Dance, New England Conservatory, and the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University.

Soprano Jane Shivick, Cumming’s voice lesson teacher for the past nine years, said Cumming has been very busy the past few months. The schools she applied to are all big programs and very difficult to get into, she added. “I’m beyond pleased she was accepted and will go to McGill. Her family has just gone above and beyond. Without them, we couldn’t have done any of this,” she said. “McGill will be a fantastic place for her.”

The community is so blessed to have Patsy Mollica here discovering so much talent, said Shivick. “I remember meeting Megan as she skipped outside in the parking lot singing away. She was always free as a bird. I always wondered how she’d take to lessons, but Megan has not missed a lesson ever,” said Shivick. “She is the epitome of a good student.”

At the age of 7, Cumming auditioned for her first musical, “The Sound of Music,” with the Barre Players and landed the

role of Gretl. She then got involved with the Boston’s Children…

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