When talent meets hard work and determination, success becomes inevitable. Such was the case for CIS Grade 12 Music student, Noa Boon, who has been awarded the renowned Berklee School of Music’s highest scholarship given to vocalists.
How did this happen? Noa went to Berklee with a mission last summer. During the Berklee Summer programme, she took professional music songwriting, performance and studio recording classes and performed in every audition offered, to get a 4-year scholarship to further her undergraduate studies at Berklee, in Boston, USA. At the Singers’ Songwriting Showcase, she was one of 30 students who were chosen out of 300. Only the top 10 vocalists across 5 consecutive weeks were to perform at the Tower of Power Ensemble, the famous American R&B-based horn section and band, and Noa made it to the top four.
CIS has provided countless opportunities for Noa to express herself musically, from performing on stage in the David Foster Theatre to outdoor performances during the STEAM Fair and annual carnivals. Noa has been a member of a number of instrumental bands at CIS, and as a DP Music student, she shone in her solo performances.
Noa has delighted the CIS community with annual appearances at Beatfreaked, the Secondary School’s talent show. Audiences have come to appreciate her versatility as she performed solos, duets and in a group, with her musical siblings and father Egmond Boon, Head of STEAM and Digital Literacy at CIS. Noa is also a regular performer at Secondary Open Mic events, a lunchtime series where students can showcase their talents for their peers.
Noa’s appearances this school year have included Beatfreaked 2016, where she performed her original song, Tough Love and the CIS’ Secondary School musical Grease, in which she had the starring role as Sandy Olsson.
CIS is incredibly proud to have had the opportunity to nurture Noa’s talent and we wish her the best of luck in her promising musical endeavours!