The Vancouver USA Singers/Vancouver Master Chorale has awarded the 2019 Youth Scholarship to 17-year-old Easton Fiser, a senior at Parkrose High School and a resident of Portland, Oregon. Easton and his fantastic accompanist Andrea Llafet will be performing at the VMC concerts in June, performing “The Vagabond” by Ralph Vaughan Williams and “Neverland” from the musical Finding Neverland by Elliot Kennedy and Gary Barlow.
Easton, the son of Christopher Fiser and Leanne Upton, has been involved in music and theater almost all his life, save for the times his older brother had the limelight onstage! Even then, he looked on in admiration for the talents that his brother possessed, and was inspired to pursue music and theater much further in high school. Easton has decided to officially take up music as his career and will be studying Music and Music Education in the fall of 2019 at Oregon State University.
In his four years of singing in choir at Parkrose High School, Easton has had numerous opportunities to audition and sing with the All State and All Northwest choir ensembles and had gained an even greater appreciation for music because of it. At Parkrose he is the baritone section leader for the A Capella choir, and sings in the Debonaires small mixed ensemble.
Easton began studying voice with the wonderful Laura Beckel Thoreson in the Spring of 2018 and he could not be happier with the results of his and her efforts. He was given “Neverland” and “The Vagabond” when he first started his lessons, and has kept them in his repertoire ever since. Ms. Thoreson has had a huge impact on his singing ability, and without her help he wouldn’t be in the position to receive such an award as the 2019 Youth Scholarship.
Easton’s achievements include multiple appearances in the theatre department at Parkrose, one of which being his performance in the recent production of the musical Willy Wonka where he played the title role. His love for performing inspired him to become the president of the Parkrose Thespian society and lobby for improvement of the theatre program overall. Recently, Easton competed at the district level in Solo & Ensemble contest for baritone voice and won second place, leading him to the Oregon finals where he eventually placed third in the state. He is quite proud of this and is looking forward to sharing his happiness and appreciation for music with as many people as possible.