Kyra Britt is a rising sophomore at Howard High School in Ellicott City, Maryland. She was originally attracted to ACT-SO because it is a positive program founded by the renowned NAACP organization. She was also persuaded to compete by the kind nature of the ACT-SO coordinator, Ms. Annie, who visited her high school and gave her the application to join. Kyra competed in two categories of the 2017 local Howard County ACT-SO branch competition: Instrumental Classical and Vocal Contemporary. For the Vocal Contemporary category, she received a gold medal for her performance of, Take Me to the King, by Kirk Franklin. For the Instrumental Classical category, she was a gold medalist for her piano performance of Sonata in F Major by Joseph Hadyn.
Due to her accomplishments at the local competition, Kyra has advanced to compete at the national competition in Baltimore, Maryland this upcoming July!
Three Words to Describe Feelings About National Competition
Excited, grateful and motivated. Kyra is excited to meet other students who value music in the same way that she does. She feels grateful because God has given her this wonderful opportunity to showcase her unique talents. Lastly, she feels motivated to learn from reputable, experienced musicians and grow, not only a musically, but as a person.
Nerves & Excitement
Kyra is most nervous about competing against other talented singers from all around the country. Although she is a bit anxious, she is looking forward to listening to the choir perform at the opening ceremony, along with the other musicians who will be performing as well. Kyra also hopes to improve her leadership skills and push herself to come outside of her comfort zone while at the national competition.
Know Your History
As a young Black female who has excelled in areas where Black individuals are often underrepresented, Kyra aspires to be a positive role model for others, especially in the Black community. Ever since she was young, she has studied Black history beyond what was minimally taught in the classroom. She encourages Black people to become more aware of and educated about their history and vital contribution to our society.
“There are many positive experiences for you to share your gifts and talents with others. [ACT-SO] is a very encouraging atmosphere.” – Kyra Britt
We wish you the best of luck, Kyra, in the 2017 national competition!