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Opera takes Carthage teen to stage of Kennedy Center

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A teenager from the tiny Jefferson County town of Carthage will soon step onto one of the nation's biggest stages. Gabrielle LaBare was selected to sing opera and other choral arrangements in the National Honor Ensembles at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.

She'll take the stage with other student musicians, representing 35 states. The National Association for Music Education considers LaBare and the other performers the best in the United States.

Even though she's only 16, LaBare told Jonathan Brown she's been singing quite a while.

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My parents always had music in the house when I was little, but I guess they nicknamed me Birdie because I would never be quiet and I was always singing or humming. My mom remembers that my preschool teacher started playing 'Over the Rainbow' and I started singing it when I was four. I had my first actual solo when I was four. I guess the music kinda found me, more than I found it.

How were you attracted to opera?

I think I was pushed more into it by my vocal instructor, and she pushed me and she challenged me to try something different and opera was it. And it clicked with me because it was a bigger challenge than I was used to. And I loved it. It made me want to do more with my voice and work harder with it and make more of music than what I had been.

You are going to perform in one of those places that lots of people work their entire lives to appear in. Tell us a little bit about going to the Kennedy Center.

It hasn't 100% set in yet, I'm anxious to go; I'm extremely excited. I feel like I'm fairly well prepared, but I won't know that until I actually get there, but I feel like its this phenomenal event that I'm going to and I am so happy to be a part of it.

How's your Latin?

My Latin is alright, my Spanish is better and my German is.. getting there.

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