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May 14, 2012
By Cynthia Creek, media assistant
Siblings Cody and Kayla Bradley share more than just a brother and sister bond. They share the love of music, and they are sharing it with others at Northwest Missouri State University.
They grew up in a musical family in Maryville. Both of their parents, Gina and Jeff Bradley – who are Northwest alumni and are employed by the University – sing, and Jeff gives private guitar lessons. Growing up in a musical family, it comes as no surprise that Kayla and Cody have grown to love music as much as the people who introduced them to it.
Both Bradleys say they are influenced by the people in their lives who have surrounded them with music, including family, piano teachers, church members, voice coaches and friends.
Cody, a junior music major, is a member of the Tower Choir, University Chorale, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and is a piano accompanist for the Celebration show choir.
In February, he was awarded first place in the Upper College Men’s Division at the Kansas City Chapter's National Association of Teachers of Singing contest. He also tied for second place in the College Musical Theater Division. Additionally, he was a piano accompanist for Northwest’s production of “Oklahoma!” in March. During the summer of 2011, he was a studio artist and accompanist at Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point in Eureka Springs, Ark.
Cody began studying piano with Sandi Anderson in 2000 and has studied voice with Dr. Sheila Phillips, assistant professor of music at Northwest, since 2007. A graduate of Maryville High School, Bradley earned numerous “1” ratings for voice in contests at the district and state levels.
He chose Northwest once he began taking voice lessons with Phillips. In addition to having a familiarity with the University and its choirs, he said Northwest felt like “home” to him. After completing his bachelor’s degree he plans to attend graduate school to pursue opera performance and collaborative piano studies.
“I love the choirs at Northwest and the accomplishments we've made, especially with the multiple convention performance opportunities this year alone,” Cody said. “We have great directors who take care in picking pieces that make for fantastic programs and concerts.”
Kayla, a freshman vocal music education major, has been singing her whole life. She came to Northwest for the same reasons as her older brother and wants to pursue a future in music, too. Kayla hopes to teach vocal music and someday pursue a doctorate degree.
“Northwest has been great for me, especially for my major,” Kayla said. “I don't know how I would've gotten by this year without participation in the three choirs Northwest has to offer. It's been a great year, and it has helped me to enjoy singing that much more.”
Recently Kayla appeared in Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir 3, an online choir composed of 3,746 individuals from 73 different countries – all singing individual parts to Whitacre’s “Water Night.” While the composition consists of 14 different parts, Kayla sang alto in the virtual choir.
To be a part of Virtual Choir 3, Kayla uploaded a video of herself singing to a video of Whitacre conducting “Water Night.” Whitacre released a picture of each vocalist chosen to be featured in Virtual Choir 3 and, sure enough, Kayla found her photo. The video was posted on YouTube April 2 and featured during a commemoration of the Titanic at the Titanic Belfast visitor center in Northern Ireland.
“It was a very exciting moment for me, and when the full video was released, I was absolutely amazed at how brilliant it looked and sounded,” Kayla said.
Capping their first year together as students at Northwest, Kayla and Cody performed together at Cody’s junior recital in April. They sang a comic duet, “Duetto buffo di due gatti” by Gioachino Rossini.
“It's amazing singing with Kayla,” Cody said. “It's really cool to have her singing in the same choirs as me and knowing she'll carry on with them after I've graduated as well.”
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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