Each year VSA Kentucky recognizes outstanding young musicians, ages 14-25 with disabilities and supports and encourages them in their pursuit of a career in music. These emerging musicians receive a $500 educational scholarship, mentoring sessions with professional musicians and performance opportunities.
Gabrielle Barker is the VSA Kentucky Young Soloist Award recipient for the state of Kentucky. Gabrielle lives in Lexington Kentucky. She is a junior vocal performance major at the University of Kentucky. Gabrielle studied voice during high school winning vocal competitions, participating in All State Choir, ACDA Choir and being a part of the Governor’s School of the Arts.
“I love to act and sing, so I am particularly interested in an opera career. I believe that nothing should hold a person back form their dreams, so I try to take every opportunity that I can to make them happen. Performing has taught me a lot about myself. I am happy to share my gifts with others.”
Since 1984, the VSA International Young Soloists Program has identified talented musicians who have a disability. The VSA International Young Soloists Award is given annually to outstanding musicians from the United States and the international arena. The award provides an opportunity for these emerging musicians to each earn a $5,000 award and a performance in Washington, D.C.