Rising Stars Youth Show Choir
Rising Stars is an audition based, exhibition Show Choir that stems from The WCPR Arts Education and Outreach programs. This vibrant ensemble will consist of 15-25 singer/dancers between the ages of 7-17. Students selected to be a part of this talented group have the opportunity to fine tune their craft with intensive instruction and numerous public performance opportunities. The Show Choir would act as ambassadors to WCPR with an array of performance opportunities such as Festivals, fairs, parades, nursing homes, and fundraisers throughout the community and beyond.
Julia Nolan: Director
Julia Nolan has an extensive background in every aspect of the performing arts industry. Julia is thrilled to be back in Middle Tennessee to share her musical talents after traveling the world singing, recording and touring with different acts. Her talents can be heard on numerous recordings and soundtracks – she even had several number one hits in Japan. Julia has toured the world with different artists from Sony records, has performed alongside Lee Greenwood, Earth, Wind and Fire, performed in shows in Las Vegas, for Disney, on cruise ships and sung for numerous conventions and private parties. Growing up in South Florida brought opportunity in National commercials with the N.Y.Yankees, Kool- Aid, and Jordache jeans. She attended a performing arts high school in Memphis, Tennessee and on to a conservatory for musical theatre- Wagner College in New York City. Julia lived in Japan for almost 5 years recording and touring with some of the country’s top acts. After coming back to America, she recorded the Maybelline commercials- “Maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s Maybelline.” She toured the world with a new artist from Sony records named Rhona Bennett who now sings with the group ‘En Vogue’ and has her own radio show in Los Angeles. While living across the country, Julia created a non-profit 501(c)(3) children’s theatre- The Foundation for Performing Arts in Idaho Falls, Idaho with an enrollment of over 200 talented students from 2003-2007 and produced at least 5 productions a year. While acting as the artistic director, Julia organized several different successful fundraisers for the performing arts center, plus wrote and received grants for different arts projects locally. The foundation also received a large land grant from a local investor to build an entertainment complex, all while under Julia’s direction. Her love of directing and writing of revue shows has been seen in many different schools and theatre groups from Idaho, to the coast of Georgia, to middle Tennessee. When Julia is not performing, she’s still working within the industry coaching and consulting other talented people to help them achieve their dreams and she also judges pageants and talent contests.