Feeding a constant thirst for musical knowledge.
And always hungry for more.
Three Madison County teenagers prepare for the adventure of a lifetime doing what they love — singing.
London siblings Ruth and Luke Peart, as well as West Jefferson’s Nicole Evans, are members of the prestigious New World Singers, a select vocal ensemble from within the famed Columbus Children’s Choir. Known for their superior level of singing, the New World Singers have performed in the past in a variety of locations including Russia, Italy and Spain.
This month, the group travels to Austria and Hungary. While in Austria they will collaborate with the legendary Vienna Boys Choir. In Hungary, they will serve as the demonstration choir for the International Kodaly Seminar.
While the ensemble itself is well-known, the three members from Madison County have made their marks as individuals as well.
Ruth Peart is a senior at London High School where she is president of both the Band Council and the school’s chapter of the International Thespian Society. She has been a member of the Columbus Children’s Choir for 10 years. No stranger to the stage, she was recently seen as Grace Farrell in Springfield Arts Council’s Musical “Annie, Jr.” A dramatic actress as well, Ruth portrayed the lead role of Vera Claythorne in the LHS Drama “And Then There Were None.”
A two-time Ohio All-State Choir participant, Ruth is a member of her school’s marching and concert bands, as well as a member of the London First Methodist Church Sanctuary Choir.
A junior at West Jefferson High School, Evans is celebrating her seventh year as a member of the Columbus Children’s Choir where she has been a part of a variety of things including Carmina Burana and Holiday Pops with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. A member of both her school’s chamber choir and band (where she plays flute), Evans spends time on stage as well, most recently in the role of Chip in the West Jefferson High School production of “‘Beauty and the Beast.”
The past two years Evans has performed in vocal ensembles for the American Kodaly Conference in both Philadelphia and Long Beach, California. Won a local “Ohio’s Got Talent” competition, and in the finals for the state. She plays the piano and ukulele.
Entering his freshman year at London High School, Luke has been a member of the Columbus Children’s Choir for eight years. During that time, he has performed the title role of Amahl twice with Opera Project Columbus. Comfortable on stage, Luke has portrayed the title characters in both Aladdin, Jr. and The Music Man, Jr. at London Middle School.
A member of both marching and concert bands, Luke will be in the drum line for the London High School Marching Band this fall. He is a member of the London First Methodist Church Sanctuary Choir, and has performed in “La Boheme” with Opera Columbus.
The trio departs for their adventure abroad on Monday, July 17.
Jeff Gates is a contributing writer for The Advocate.