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Cheshire High School Senior Accepted into All-National Choir
by Annie Wang, 2018 (posted 9-20-17)

Photo Courtesy: Sophia Cheng
Cheshire High School senior Sophia Cheng has been selected as one of the top 350 high school singers in the nation for the 2017-18 National Association for Music Education Mixed Choir. After a lengthy nation-wide talent search, Cheng will head to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida for 3 days of intensive rehearsals from November 26-29. Under the direction of Dr. Z. Randall Stroope, Professor of Music and Director of Choral/Vocal Studies at Oklahoma State University, the trip will culminate with a live performance at Disney World. This once in a lifetime opportunity “[...] has been my dream ever since entering high school. I never expected to get in”, says Cheng.

Cheng has been singing since the age of 5. She joined the United Girls Choir located at the First Congregational Church in Cheshire in fourth grade. Attending rehearsals several days a week, she is still a member of the choir but has since moved up to the more selective Elm City Girls Choir, a branch of the United Girls Choir. Cheng’s many accolades include acceptances into the CMEA Southern Music Festival Region Choir, All-State Choir, and most recently the All-Eastern treble choir. 

Cheng has also played the piano for 10 years, flute since fourth grade, and describes music as her “escape for creativity”. 

Cheng’s mom, Huiling Ding, says “I am so proud of Sophia. All of her hard work has paid off”. She currently studies voice with Chai Lun-Yueh and is a member of the Cheshire High School Choral Ensembles under the direction of Beth A. Malvezzi. 

Cheng says that she plans to continue studying music in college and is likely to join an accapella group as well.