In order to support aspiring young conductors, Beaver Valley Choral Society announces its first BVCS Choral Conducting Scholar: Miah Sirianni of Pittsburgh, daughter of Amy Girling and Michael Sirianni. The Duquesne University junior is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in music education.

Miah Sirianni is a 2020 graduate of Kenmore East High School of Tonawanda NY, where she received the 2019 Directors Award for Choir, 2020 National Choral Award, and 2020 Music Boosters Scholarship. During her high school years Miah was involved in thirteen musical theater productions and served as Student Music Director for “Sister Act.”

Miah also performed in several choir festivals as a soprano in the New York State School Music Association’s Area All-State Conference, plus the Erie County Music Educators Association All-County Mixed Choir and Vocal Jazz Ensenble. She also participated in the 2016 and 2018 Disney’s Candlelight Processional in Florida.

At Duquesne Miah sings with the Pappert Chorale, Vocal Jazz Ensemble and Voices of Spirit where she serves as soprano section leader. She currently is the secretary of Duquesne’s chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. Miah also teaches vocal coaching for an undergraduate music education class at Duquesne.

Miah learned the fundamental skills to play the piano, guitar, ukulele, trumpet, euphonium, French horn, violin, double bass, clarinet and snare drum. After college Miah plans to attend graduate school with a focus on choral conducting.

“I am so excited to be joining the Beaver Valley Choral Society and would like to thank them for their warm welcome,” Miah stated. “I cannot wait to get started and make wonderful music.”

The newly created position of Choral Conducting Scholar provides a hands-on learning experience for the aspiring conductor. After auditioning the qualified applicant is chosen annually.

Through mentorship with BVCS Artistic Director Sharon Burchill and podium time with the Adult Principal Choir in sectionals, rehearsals, and concerts, the Choral Conducting Scholar will build confidence and expertise while cultivating their skills and technique.