Lexington High School freshman Ellie Nickoli was chosen by the audience and musicians as the winner of the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra’s Bach to Rock® Singing Contest at the March 24 concert. As winner of the contest, Nickoli will be invited to perform on the 2018-2019 OhioHealth Symphony Series.

Nickoli, who performed the song “Journey to the Past,” was one of five finalists on the concert, narrowed down from a pool of 16 who participated in the contest. Ms. Nickoli is an avid musician, performing with the Lexington Symphony Orchestra as a violinist as well as the high school show choir, Fire and Ice. She also has been performing in musical theatre since the age of eight, with roles to her credit as Ariel in The Little Mermaid, Belle in Beauty and the Beast, and Alice in Alice in Wonderland.

Other finalists on the March 24 concert included Madi and Ana Heichel, singing “Creep;” Thomas Clark, singing “Why Should I Cry For You;” Karen Clifton, singing “Alone;” and Isabelle Thoman, singing “Lost Boy.” Each performer submitted a video of themselves for online voting as a part of the Mansfield Symphony’s Bach to Rock® Singing Contest during the last quarter of 2017. The top five videos each garnered around 700 votes before the contest ended on December 31.

Bach to Rock® is a registered trademark of Music Makers Holdings LLC and is used with permission of the trademark holder. The Mansfield Symphony “Bach to Rock”® concert is not affiliated with MMH’s school or program in any way.

Source, Photo: Renaissance Performing Arts Association/Jeff Sprang

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