Ad for Christian's Voice Recital – June 2014
Christian featured in newspaper article – June 2014
Sing a new song
Teens present their first recital
by Dahlia Allen
Christian Crowson and Sarrah Long have been singing as long s they can remember. They have sung at school, at literary meets, in talent competitions and in the Pine Forest United Methodist Church youth choir.
Crowson and Long don't sing together, but they will be on the same recital program June 8 – the first recital for both of them. Students of Dick Burrell, 16-year=old Crowson is a 10th grader at Trinity Christian School. Long is a 15-year-old home-schooled ninth grader.
Long discovered her soprano voice when she won first place in a sixth-grade talent contest at West Laurens Middle School. "Then at talent camp in Florida in the sixth grade, I placed in all my categories," she said.
For her, that was a beginning. More talent contests have brought her modeling and acting agents in Atlanta and New York. Her goal is an acting career in musical theater.
Crowson said he started singing when he was little. "People always told me I had a nice voice," he said. When he was about 13, his mother, Mary Crowson who is choir director at Pine Forest UMC, realized he had something special.
A tenor who also can hit low notes he he competed in the state literary meet while in the eight grade. This competition generally is reserved for high school students. Crowson said he plans on a career in music education but has not chosen a college.
Last year, both Crowson and Long won first place in the state at the National Association for Teachers of Singing competition at Mercer University. In March, Crowson won first place in in [sic] musical theater in the five-state regional competition.
In the June 8 recital, each will sing classical, spiritual and musical theater solos. Crowson's classical pieces will be Schumann's "Auf dem Rein," Scarlotti's "Gia il sole dal Gange" and Quilter's "Blow, Blow Thy Winter Wind." In addition, he will sing "Lord I Want to be a Christian" and "De Gospel Train." His musical theater selections will be "If I Can't Love Her" from Beauty and the Beast, "My Name" from Oliver and "On the Street Where You Live" from My Fair Lady.
Long will sing Morley's "Animal Crackers" and Giordano's "Caro mio ben" for her classical selections. She also will sing "Go Tell it on the Mountain," "Go Down Moses," "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen," I've Got the Sun in the Morning" from Annie Get Your Gun, "Beauty and the Beast" from Beauty and the Beast and "As Long as he Needs Me" from Oliver.
Long is the daughter of Tim and Melinda Long. Crowson is the son of Don and Mary Crowson.
the recital will be at 4:30 p.m. in the church . It is free and open to the public.