Forest Groves Rebecca Yakos wins Classical Singers high school division

by: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: JOHN SCHRAG - FGHS junior Rebecca Yakos won a regional competition recently, which will send her to San Antonio in May for the Classical Singers finals.Rebecca Yakos started begging her parents to let her join the Pacific Youth Choir when she was in kindergarten.

She’s been singing with the choir ever since, taking voice lessons since middle school and performing on stage when she gets the chance.

Yakos recently won the classical music high school division at the Classical Singers regional competition. In May, she’ll travel to San Antonio for the finals, where she hopes to meet college scouts. Winners in San Antonio take home money and scholarships.

A junior at Forest Grove High School, Yakos is starting her college search already, and has had her eye on the Boston Conservatory.

“I was so excited I tripped,” Yakos said of when she first heard she’d won the competition. “I really, really wanted it. The hard work paid off.”

Now that Yakos is focusing on classical music after her younger years of pop, “I’ve realized it’s what I really love,” she said. “There’s so much technique, but when you see it on stage it’s supposed to look like it’s no big deal.”

Yakos is currently in FGHS’s production of the Pirates of Penzance and will be performing in the Young Artists Debut Concert at Portland’s Newmark Theatre in April, where she’ll sing a duet from La Traviata with the Classical Singers competition’s runner-up and her friend, Trevor Dunn.

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