Ada High senior Angela Madden is about to hit the big time.
A member of the All-State Mixed Choir as a junior last spring, Madden and other members of the choir were informed by director Rick Weymuth during their performance in Tulsa that he was retiring. He also invited them to join him for his final performance, which will come at New York City’s famed Lincoln Center at 7 p.m. Sunday, with accompaniment from the New York City Philharmonic.
Madden said earlier this week she was excited about her upcoming trip — even though she admitted Lincoln Center had never been high on her list of places to visit in New York City. In fact, she said, “I had never really heard of it.”
She has, however, heard of the other attractions she and her parents, Dwain and Carol Madden, her sister, Amanda Lawrence, and her niece, Catie Lawrence, plan to check out while in the Big Apple.
“We’re going to Times Square, the Statue of Liberty and the 9/11 Memorial,” Angela said. “I’ve only seen (New York) on TV. It will be exciting to see it in person.”
Angela and her family left today from Oklahoma City for New York where she will be the only girl from Ada who will take part in Sunday’s performance.
“There are other kids from Oklahoma, but not from Ada,” Carol Madden said. “(Angela) was the only girl in Ada who made the (All-State) mixed choir last year.”
Angela Madden said she was informed “three or four months” ago that she was indeed going to perform in New York.
“They sent me the music,” she recalled. “I guess it was kind of official then.”
Although she has been singing since she was five and has been a member of the honor choir since the eighth grade, Madden said she hasn’t decided on music as a career.
“I’m not sure about a major yet — I’m going to ECU to get my basics,” she explained. “I don’t want to teach, but I might want to record in some way.”