For the second year in a row, Isabella has won first place in

Darlington Arts Center’s Sally Paxson Davis Memorial Vocal Scholarship.

Congratulations Isabella!

The Sally Paxson Davis Memorial Vocal Scholarship Fund
Through the generosity of our friend and late benefactor Sally Paxson Davis, Darlington will provide a vocal scholarship to a deserving young singer. Sally Davis, imbued with a love of vocal music from her mother and grandmother, had led the board of the Academy of Vocal Arts, a tuition-free opera training school in Philadelphia, since 2001.  (Darlington Arts Center Website)

Here is Bella as the Good Witch of the North in the high school production of Wizard of Oz.

FINALLY, a video post from one of my favorite artists, my daughter, Ana.  Don’t forget to check out her other youtube videos! 

Here is our 15 yo Bella singing Bill from the musical Showboat at her Spring 2010 voice recital at Darlington Arts. 


Isabella Jayme, 2009 Sally Paxson Davis Memorial Vocal Scholarship recipient

Congratulations to Isabella Jayme for winning this year’s Sally Paxson Davis Memorial Vocal Scholarship.  Isabella is a student of voice coach, Stephanie O’Dea at Darlington Arts Center in Garnet Valley, PA.  Isabella’s song choices were Handel’s Bel Piacere and Goodnight My Someone from Music Man.  Accompanying Isabella on piano was Dawn Stevens.

Annual Sally Paxson Davis scholarship auditions are held at Darlington Arts Center every fall and is open to voice students ages 14-20 in the Delaware Valley region.  The scholarship covers voice lessons at the center for the Spring 2010 semester.

Following in the footsteps of her mother, Adele Warden Paxson, Sally was currently serving as chairman of the board of  The Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. Founded in 1934 by Sally’s grandmother, Helen Corning Warden, The Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) has become known as the world’s premier full-scholarship opera training program. (excerpt taken from AVA website)

Congratulations and thank you to Stephanie, Isabella and Dawn.



Quick pictures from a splendid evening.  I’ll recap later cuz there’s so much to tell….especially after you meet the band!!

Keane, Tower Theater

Keane, Tower Theater




Tom Chaplin

Tom Chaplin

Congratulations to Isabella for winning the senior division at the 2009 Athena Scholarship competition at Darlington Arts Center.  Isabella’s current voice teacher is Joshua Graves. 

Her two song choices were: isabella2Nina by Pergolesi and I Attempt From Love Sickness by Purcell.  A word about the Athena Scholarship at Darlington Arts Center:

In honor of former director Athena Sophocles, this scholarship is awarded for private music lessons at Darlington and is granted solely on the basis of ability and talent to Middle and High School students. Auditions are held in the spring of each year.

Thank you to Joshua and Dawn Stevens (accompanist) for their talents, time and guidance.

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