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Hillsboro High tenor spreads gift of song

When he was a child, Logan Stugart was an acclaimed vocalist. His pure soprano voice carried the high notes for choral groups throughout the greater Portland area and he often soloed to enthusiastic audiences.Logan Stugart

Then adolescence hit and his voice changed.

“I spent a year trying to sing alto and couldn’t do it,” said Stugart, a senior at Hillsboro High School. “I took off a whole year from singing because I was so frustrated.”

Stugart gradually accepted his new role as a tenor, learning once again to trust his musical judgment.

“It was this weird process of getting reacquainted with my own voice,” he said.

The hard work paid off. Besides regular performances with ensembles in Portland choirs, his high school and church, Stugart sang with all-state and all-Northwest choirs in the past two years. He will perform with a national choir later this month.

The All-National Honor Mixed Choir is sponsored by the National Association for Music Education and is an invitation-only ensemble. Music students from across the nation will attend a four-day event in Nashville, Tenn., that includes vocal and instrumental performances.

Stugart will perform with the choir Oct. 30 in the Presidential Ballroom of the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center.

While the concert will have an eclectic mix of classical, modern, spiritual and ethnic music, Stugart’s primary focus in his vocal studies is classical music. He is drawn to classical music’s intricacy and a lineage of composers with a “deeper understanding” of music.

“And it’s so beautiful,” he said. “There is definitely something there in classical music that is lacking in today’s music.”

Stugart plans to continue his music career in college. He has done a nationwide search for universities that are strong musically and academically, and is looking at options such as Rice University, Vanderbilt University and Muhlenberg College.

Besides vocal skills, Stugart is a 4.0 high school student and on track to be valedictorian of his class.

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