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Northwest Junior to Perform at Grand Ole Opry


By Kevin O’Rourke

Thousands of young girls around the country dream of singing at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, but not many get the opportunity But, while some teenagers are hoping to be the next Taylor Swift or Carrie Underwood singing country or pop hits, Radhika Gore will sing choral music on the Opry stage.

Gore, 16, has been accepted to perform with the All-National Honors Choir, which will perform on October 29 under the direction of Edith Copley, the director of Choral Studied for Northern Arizona University.

“It’s a great honor,” said the Northwest High School junior. “Honestly I wasn’t sure I would be selected. It’s not that I doubt my ability, but being selected throughout the country in a big deal and I just don’t know what talent is out there.”

Gore is a member of Northwest’s highest honors chorus, the Chamber Singers and a member of the Tri-M Music Honors Society, which is the international music honor society for high school students. She has also performed with the Montgomery County Youth Chorus and the Maryland All-State Chorus.

“I have been singing for as long I can remember,” said Gore. “I come from a fairly musical family; my father is a percussionist and a singer, my brother and mother are also singers. I was naturally drawn to anything that made musical noise. I started out singing Indian classical music because of my culture, but as soon as I was exposed to western classical, I fell in love.”

The application and audition process for the National All-Honors Choir was one that Gore took the initiative to pursue – she didn’t need much pushing, according to Stephanie Baker, Choral Music Director at Northwest. “I really did not have much to do with Radhika’s application other than passing along the information, encouraging her, and answering any questions that she had. Radhika took the initiative to put together the audition video and did really well.”

“High musical standards are expected and assessed in class,” said Baker. “Radhika goes above and beyond the basic class expectations – she is always prepared in her score analysis, she sings with incredible musical sensitivity and nuance, and she is a leader for other students.”

Gore said she was not intimidated by the process at all. “We had to choose two pieces and record ourselves singing