Byron Hyde recently graduated from Artesia High School in Lakewood, California in 2017. In the fall, he will attend the University of Missouri – Kansas City, where he plans to study Vocal Performance. He was originally attracted to the ACT-SO program because of its diversity and various competition categories. The program also gave him the opportunity to showcase his vocal talent. He competed in the 2017 local Kansas City Missouri ACT-SO branch competition, where he received a gold medal in the Classical: Vocal category for his performance of Every Valley Shall Be Exalted by Handel’s Messiah.
Due to his accomplishments at the local competition, Byron has advanced to competed at the national competition in Baltimore, Maryland this month!
Three Words to Describe Feelings about National Competition
Excited, ecstatic and happy. Byron has wanted to participate in the ACT-SO program for the past three years, but his busy schedule had never allowed him to do so. Now that he has finally found the time to join, he cannot wait for the national competition to begin. He is not concerned with whether he wins a gold medal or not, but rather he is excited to have a great experience that will impact both his present life and future.
Nerves & Excitement
Byron is nervous about having to sing in front of the judges, because he has heard stories from previous competitors about some of them being tough critics. He is looking forward to traveling to Baltimore and being able to explore a new environment. Most of all, Byron hopes to gain useful feedback on his strengths and weaknesses as a singer and what he needs to do to improve his vocal skills.
Thank You ACT-SO
Byron would like to thank his local Kansas City Missouri ACT-SO family for all of the guidance and support. He would also like to thank the ACT-SO program for giving him this amazing opportunity to better himself as, not only a singer, but a person too.
“Go for it. Sometimes you win, and sometimes you learn.” – Byron Hyde
We wish you the best of luck, Byron, in the 2017 national competition!