FARMINGTON – Sally Walcott Swallow of Farmington performed a solo voice concert in Nordica Auditorium, University of Maine at Farmington, on May 18. On behalf of the Nordica Association, Emily Floyd awarded Swallow a financial award from the DuPont Fund, which supports musical endeavors.

At the annual Saco River Festival on May 24, Swallow performed in Corthell Auditorium, University of Southern Maine, with the other semifinalists in the Youth Awards competition. Swallow received the second-place award. First place went to Leah Puleio, violinist from Saco, and third to Elizabeth Quimby, pianist from Falmouth.

In November Swallow entered the annual Arts Recognition and Talent Search competition sponsored by the National Foundation for the Arts and was given one of 40 merit award.

The Interlochen Arts Academy awarded her a merit scholarship for this summer based on her performance last summer. She will return to study voice, operetta, dance, acting and musical-theater. The eight-week program will culminate with two performances of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, “The Gondoliers,” and four performances the musical, “Sweet Charity.”

Swallow attended SAD 9 schools through 10th grade where she was a honors student, enjoyed skiing, soccer, track, orchestra, chorus, musical theater and the Mount Blue Voices a capella group.

Outside of school, she studied violin and dance, sang with the Children’s Honor Choir, the Celebration Chorale, the UMF Chamber Choir and took part in numerous local children’s musical-theater and Sandy River Player’s musical-theater productions.

She began as a winter term day-student at Carrabassett Valley Academy in ninth grade and graduated June 7. While there, she was an honor student and qualified to compete at the national level in the alpine events of slalom, giant slalom, super-g and downhill.

Among her racing accomplishments, were achieving podium finishes in the speed events at the Junior Olympics and qualifying for the Canadian and U.S. National competitions. She prioritized carving out time to continue her vocal studies independently with Deborah Cook.

She will pursue her education in the liberal arts at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vt., where she will continue to nurture her love for voice, the performing arts and ski racing.



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