Born in Humble, Texas, Hailey was adopted at birth and raised by her parents in the small town of Happy Valley, Oregon. Starting at age six, she was involved with a local children’s choir. While she has studied classical, jazz, opera, country, and gospel, her love has always been musical theatre. In high school, she competed at the local, state and national level for singing. She won second place in the August Wilson Monologue Competition in Portland, and competed at the National August Wilson Monologue Competition in New York. Regional credits include: Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Woman, Portland Center Stage), Our Town (Rebecca Gibbs, Portland Center Stage), PWP Perfect Works In Progress (Donald Webster), Romeo and Juliet (Prince, Ensemble), Crumbs From The Table Of Joy (Ermina) and The Colored Museum. She has recently graduated from Clackamas Web Academy and is staring as Ti Moune in the hit Broadway revival of the musical Once on This Island.
Once On This Island International Search for Ti Moune.
Once On This Island Performs on 2017 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Ruta Kuzmickas, a former Clackamas Web Academy graduate, began her piano studies at age 6. Since moving to Portland in 2008, Ruta has attended Portland Summer Ensembles in 2010, the Duxbury Music Festival in 2011, and the Aspen Music Festival and School as a student of renowned pianist Ann Schein in 2012 and 2013. She has performed in masterclasses for esteemed pianists Arnaldo Cohen, Simone Dinnerstein, Hans Boepple, Kirill Gerstein, Nelita True, Jeffrey Kahane, and Gianluca Luisi. Ruta was selected as a Chamber Music Northwest Young Artist Fellow for the year 2010-2011 and has performed various chamber works. She has been awarded with a scholarship from the Chopin Foundation of the United States in 2011 and appeared as a soloist and Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award recipient on NPR.s From the Top. Ruta was also selected as first place winner of the MTNA State Senior Division in 2012 and is now a two-time winner of the MetroArts Van Buren Concerto Competition, having performed as a concerto soloist in both 2009 and 2013. In addition, she has been recognized as a 2014 YoungArts Winner. Among her wide-spanning interests, she enjoys film, reading, and working with visual art. Ruta currently studies with Dr. Jean-David Coen and is studying at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston, Texas.
Ruta Kuzmickas plays Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 18 in E-flat major, Op. 31 No. 3, I. Allegro
Young Artist Competition Foundation
Bach Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue BWV 903 - Ruta Kuzmickas pianist