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Fauquier High School’s nationally recognized vocalist Mickey Goltry knows where he wants to go next in life
When you think of a normal sixteen-year-old, you might think of a high school kid trying different things and figuring out what path they want to take in life. They’re likely involving themselves in different clubs and activities in high school in order to decide what’s next. Whether they’d like to go on to trade school or attend college, or any other number of options, they’re likely going through a phase of learning about themselves and their strengths.
If you asked most sixteen-year-olds on the street what they’d be doing in 10 years, you’d probably get either a broad answer or maybe just a regular “dream job” answer. Mikey Goltry is not your average high school student.
At the age of 16, Goltry has already attended a Broadway audition for The Music Man, received a scholarship to the Kennedy Center’s prestigious Summer Opera Institute program, and laid out where he wants the next 10 years of his life to take him. “In five years, I hope to be at a performing arts college for either musical theatre or vocal performance,” Goltry said. “Some of the colleges I’m really passionate about are the Manhattan School of Music, the Berklee College of Music, NYU’s Tisch musical theatre program, and Shenandoah University’s Conservatory.”
Goltry is currently a student at Fauquier High School. He is heavily involved in both the choir and musical theatre programs and has been named #1 tenor in the district for the past two years. Other accomplishments of Goltry’s include being accepted to the National Choir and being named the #2 tenor in the nation. He was also accepted for a role in an all-senior production of Pump Boys and the Dinettes as a freshman.
Goltry attributes much of his passion and his success so far to his middle school musical theatre and choir directors at Warrenton Middle School. “They really saw my abilities and my talent and pulled me in and made me part of the programs,” Goltry said. “They inspired me to want to take on musical theatre as my career path.” He also credits his parents with supporting him and doing absolutely everything they could to provide for him and to help him reach whatever level of success he hopes to one day achieve.
Another significant influence in Goltry’s life is Bob Swift of The Allegro Community School of the Arts. “Bob is absolutely incredible, insanely talented, has such good insight, and is very passionate about his technique and his teachings,” Goltry said. “We have the best time working together and I feel like we’re collaborating rather than just that I’m the student and he’s the teacher, so it’s a really great experience.”
Allegro’s vision is to create a place where the arts are a cornerstone of the community as well as every individual lifestyle. “Allegro is such an amazing outlet for young artists and young students who really want to pursue a career in music, or even just want to learn an instrument or be in a play or have an outlet for performing,” Goltry said. “They’ve been so gracious and have really provided me with lots of opportunities as far as auditions and training.”
Goltry ended up auditioning for the Kennedy Center’s Summer Opera Institute program thanks to Bob and the Allegro school. This inspiring three-week summer program brings passionate, dedicated young musicians together in the nation’s capital to experience opera in a professional and nurturing environment that only a world-class opera company can provide. Aspiring classical singers thrive from WNO Opera Institute’s intense and focused curriculum, which prepares students for college performance programs and beyond. “I went in just thinking nothing of it, just go to the audition, that it couldn’t hurt, and that it would be a great experience,” Goltry said. “I was so proud when I got the email telling me that I got in – It just felt like all my hard work was paying off. It was just such a fantastic experience for me to be accepted into such a prestigious program.”
In addition to the support system he has, Goltry wants people entering the industry to know that it’s extremely hard work and takes dedication. “It is not easy. It’s competitive and it’s a cutthroat business and is extremely stressful,” Goltry said. “At the same time, it’s so rewarding it’s brought me through so many things. It’s such an incredible outlet for anyone, whether you’re extremely talented or even if it’s just a hobby for you, it’s a fantastic amazing outlet for anyone who needs that. At the end of the day, music is just about how it makes you feel and how it makes others feel when you perform.”
When he’s not performing or vocal training, Goltry has many hobbies. “I’m a very diverse person when it comes to hobbies. I love to read and I’m passionate about journaling,” Goltry said. “I love to journal every single day, about my life and things that are going on. It’s a great outlet for me to relieve stress.”
Overall, Mikey wants people to know that Fauquier County is a hub for real, raw talent. “Just because we’re a small town doesn’t mean that we don’t have talent and that we don’t have a facility to help talented kids get where they need to be,” Goltry said. “There are other talented kids and a lot of people that don’t necessarily get the credit that they deserve.”
In ten years, you’ll likely see Mikey Goltry performing on Broadway and letting the world know about all of the talent you can find in Fauquier County, Virginia.