VSA Kentucky
March 31, 2014
For Immediate Release
Delaire Rowe
VSA Kentucky
2014 VSA Kentucky Young Soloist 
Gabrielle Barker
Kentucky - March 31, 2014 - Each year, VSA Kentucky recognizes outstanding young musicians, ages 14-25 with a disabilities and supports and encourages them in their pursuit of a career in music. These emerging musicians receive a $500 educational scholarship for professional development, mentoring sessions with professional musicians and performance opportunities. Gabrielle Barker is the recipient of the 2014 VSA Kentucky Young Soloist Award.  

Gabrielle lives in Lexington, Kentucky. She is a vocal performance major at the University of Kentucky. Gabrielle studied voice during high school winning vocal competitions, participating in All State Choir, ACDA Choir and being a part of the Governor's School for the Arts
"I love to act and sing, so I am particularly interested in an opera career.  I believe that nothing should hold a person back from their dreams, so I try to take every opportunity that I can to make them happen.  Performing has taught me a lot about  myself.  I am happy to share my gift with others."


VSA Kentucky Young Soloist applicants are also entered in the VSA International Young  Soloist competition at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The competition is open to both individual musicians and ensembles of two to five member.  In order for ensembles to be eligible, at least one  member must have a disability. All genres of music are accepted, including-but not  limited to-classical, jazz, hip-hop/rap, rock/alt rock, pop, indie, bluegrass, folk,  country, R&B/blues, Latin, and World. The VSA International Young Soloists Competition annually selects up to four outstanding musicians, two from the United States and around the world. These emerging musicians receive $2,500, professional development opportunities, and a performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.  

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VSA Kentucky is a member of the VSA Affiliate Network, a program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, provides operating support to VSA Kentucky with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

 VSA Kentucky thanks the Kentucky Dept. of Education, Division of Learning Services, for its partnership in educational programming.