Charlotte Wellman of Clinton Township, who was selected to sing at Carnegie Hall on June 30 in the Baha'i
Faith Concert Choir, exercises her vocal chords.
All around the globe, phone lines were abuzz with the sounds of music. People from dozens of countries were auditioning to
sing in an international choir. It was those calls that put two local women on the road to Carnegie Hall.
Wellman of Clinton Township and Dr. Paula Drewek of Warren have been selected to sing June 30 in Manhattan as the Voices of
Baha' in the Baha'i Faith Concert Choir.
Produced by Global Music, the event will be a component of A Baha'i Festival
of the Arts that takes place June 26 to July 2.
It was Wellman who heard of the audition opportunity at an October
convention. And while she has had classical music training, it has been a while since she has used her talent.
soprano, Wellman considers herself a natural. She hit the high notes as she sang "Amazing Grace" for her audition; and
reading music is second nature to her.
That natural ability will come in handy for the Selfridge Air National Guard
Base retiree when the music sheets arrive in the mail. Choir members are expected to memorize all of the material before
they rehearse at Carnegie Hall.
The music is first sent to those who live in the more remote parts of the world and
then to the rest of the members.
Choir members are expected to practice as well as exercise their vocal chords for 30
minutes a day.
That shouldn't be a problem for Drewek. She gets plenty of practice with her home-based choir, the
Metropolitan Detroit Choral.
Drewek, a professor of Humanities at Macomb Community College's South Campus, has had
extensive training throughout her college career.
She didn't hesitate when she learned of the phone
"I thought, well, this is right up my alley," she said.
The last time Drewek was at Carnegie Hall,
she was in the audience. While walking in the balcony, she vividly remembers feeling that she would fall.
stage, she is confident and is sure she'll have a secure spot -- in the last row.
"I'm usually placed in the back,"
Drewek said, commenting on her height, which is 6 feet, 3 inches tall.
And while the two women will be perfecting
their voices to unite with the diverse choir, they still plan on having fun.
Both are avid art goers, and are hoping
to do some sightseeing and catch some plays.
"I haven't been there for about five years, and I'm really looking
forward to it," Drewek said.
Drewek and Wellman will harmonize alongside 550 other singers from around the
For more information on the Baha'i Faith Concert Choir or the festival, visit www.global-music.org.
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