Mt. Blue singer gets Lively award


FARMINGTON – Rylee Doiron has been named the fifth recipient of the Lively Arts Award. The award is an annual $250 cash gift to a graduating Mt. Blue High School senior, recognizing enthusiasm, discipline and promise in music.

Doiron, a soprano, has studied voice from a young age, excelling in musical theater where she performed lead roles in “Guys and Dolls” as a sophomore and “Hello Dolly” (as a junior) at Mt. Blue High School, as well as roles in community theater productions in Farmington and the Lewiston/Auburn area.

A member of the Mt. Blue High School Chorus and Mt. Blue Voices, Doiron has participated in KVMEA music festivals for the past four years and All-State Chorus for the past three years. She will attend the University of Southern Maine this fall.

Sister and brother Emma and Ben Lively created the award to give back to a community that supported them in their musical endeavors and to recognize talented young musicians and encourage them to continue to pursue their dreams. Emma and Ben are now both professional musicians living and working in New York City.

Emma Lively (MBHS class of 1991) has collaborated with Julia Cameron, author of “The Artist’s Way,” since 1998, serving as co-composer on their musicals under the guidance of the Vineyard Theatre, Avenue Q, composer Conrad Cummings, Juilliard School, and Tony Award-winning director Jack Hofsiss, “The Elephant Man.”

She holds a BM from Boston University and MM from SUNY/Stony Brook in viola performance, founding member, Khali String Quartet. postgraduate studies at the Juilliard School in composition, orchestration and conducting.

Ben Lively MBHS class of 1995, is violinist and composer living in Brooklyn. He has extensive performance and recording credits in multiple styles, including jazz, rock and classical music. He has a BA from Middlebury College and studies jazz violin with Stephane Grappelli protégé Dider Lockwood at the Centre des Musiques Didier Lockwood, Paris, France.

He is a member of the band Slow Six and keeps an active performance and touring schedule with Slow Six and other freelance projects in New York.