Singing All The Way to


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From the Voice Studio of Diane Sloan Kubeja

January 25, 2019___  Big Bear High School student, Ely Dawson, was awarded 2nd  Place in the High School Musical Theatre Men division of the NATS Cal-West Regional Student Auditions in Reno, Nevada over the holiday weekend, January 18-20th. Ely performed three contrasting Musical Theatre selections and progressed through two-rounds of the competition, but his rendition of "I'm Not That Smart" from the 25th  Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee ultimately won the hearts of the judges and the audience!

Ely Dawson was sponsored into the competition through the Voice Studio of Diane Sloan Kubeja. He now progresses onto the YouTube Round, headed toward the national level of competition. Congratulations Ely!  


Three Voice students, Hannah Magers (Senior), Maggie Kubeja (Senior), and Sophia Rizzo (Junior) are busy preparing six choral music selections to be performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City on February 10th.    


The Big Bear High School vocalists were selected from over 18,000 audition submissions from around the world. Hannah and Sophia will be performing with a 150 member Women's Choir. Maggie Kubeja was selected to sing with a 250 member Concert Choir.  


While the students are in New York City for the 5-day Honors Performance Series program, they will be rehearsing with world-renown conductors, attending a Broadway show, touring New York City's attractions such as Times Square and Rockefeller Center, celebrating aboard a NYC Harbor Cruise, and performing on the stage of the world famous Carnegie Hall.  


In July of 2019, Troy Obernolte ( BBHS Senior) and Maggie Kubeja (BBHS Senior) will once again be participating in the High School Honors Performance Series and preparing their choir music selections to perform on the stage of the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia.   Hannah, Maggie, Sophia, Troy, and The Voice Studio of Diane Sloan Kubeja want to thank all of the Big Bear Valley residents that supported the Christmas Caroling Fundraiser to help make the dream become a reality for these local students! We sincerely appreciate your generosity and support!! 

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Christmas Caroling for

Carnegie Hall, New York City -February 10, 2019


Voice Studio STUDENTS


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 Ely Dawson


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 Hannah Magers


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 Maggie Kubeja


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      Sophia Rizzo


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 Troy Obernolte