Slaughter recognized for vocal talent


screen-shot-2016-12-07-at-3-54-30-pmLA GRANDE — Lanetta Paul and Friends will present a concert of Christmas tunes at 3 p.m. Dec. 11 that features this year’s Don & Lanetta Paul Music Scholarship recipient.

Aubrey Slaughter, a sophomore at Eastern Oregon University, said she’s been singing since she joined the third-grade choir. She quickly fell in love with it, and that passion remains with her today.

“My favorite styles are classical and musical theatre,” Slaughter said. “I’d like to perform on Broadway in New York (after graduation), and in the meantime teach voice lessons.”

Her passion — not to mention talent and hard work — have been rewarded.

Slaughter, a soprano, will perform a solo during the upcoming Lanetta Paul and Friends concert at the United Methodist Church, 1612 Fourth St., La Grande. The song is “Christmas Lullaby.”

She will also join fellow soprano and past scholarship recipient Shahayla Ononaiye, tenor singer Danny Bailey and baritone singer Peter Wordelman as a quartet for several other selections.

“Preparing for this show is a little different than preparing for a huge choir,” Slaughter said. “You have to create a big sound with just four people. It’s definitely more of a challenge than when you can rely on a full choir.”

The quartet will perform “Rejoice and Sing” and “What Child Is This?” during the concert. The four will be joined by the full congregation for “Angels We Have Heard On High.”

More performances include “Noel Nouvelet,” “Silent Night,” “O Holy Night” and Bugler’s “Holiday.”

Paul, Mio Aoike, Elizabeth Cooper, Dave Felley, Max Irons and John McKinnon will provide instrumental accompaniment and additional voices throughout the evening.

Admission to the concert is free, but donations will be accepted to benefit the Don & Lanetta Paul Music Scholarship Endowment.

Slaughter said Wordelman was the one who encouraged her to find out more about the Don & Lanetta Paul Music Scholarship.

The fund, which has a balance of $37,188 in the operating fund and endowment, is intended for EOU students majoring or minoring in music with a GPA of 3.3 or higher.

Recipients can be sophomores, juniors or seniors.

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