VERSAILLES — Kristin Condon, daughter of Steve and Peggy Condon of Versailles, will be performing at the legendary and prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York City with her collegiate a cappella group on March 20.
Condon, a 2012 graduate of Versailles High School, has been a part of this auditioned, co-ed a cappella group, named Just Duet (one of the five a cappella groups on campus), since her freshman year at Miami University in Oxford, and has been president for the past two years.
At Versailles High School, she was cast in various musicals and she was president and dance captain of Encore!
“She took lessons from Karen Meiring of Fort Loramie,” said her mother.
Kristin is majoring in English education with a French minor.
The group was invited to perform in DCINY’s (Distinguished Concerts International New York) Total Vocal II a cappella concert after Deke Sharon, arranger for NBC’s The Sing-Off, Pitch Perfect, and Pitch Perfect 2, came across videos of Just Duet on YouTube. Deke and his team personally reached out to Condon and her group, and asked for her group to audition to be a part of this concert. Only eight to 10 a cappella groups from across the United States and Australia are chosen, after auditioning, to be in this concert.
Total Vocal will also have guest performers such as: The Filharmonic (famous a cappella group from The Sing-Off and Pitch Perfect 2), Ester Dean (singer/songwriter, record producer, and actress in Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2), and Andrew Fitzpatrick (Beatboxer, Vocal Percussionist, and qualifier for the Top 16 in the National Beatboxing Battle in 2011 and 2012). This is the opportunity of a lifetime for Just Duet as they will not only be performing at Carnegie Hall but also participating in workshops led by Deke Sharon.
This group of 16 college students has been working to raise the funds needed to travel to New York City in the spring. Miami University has graciously donated part of the funds required to go, and Just Duet is still working on raising the additional funds needed. Donations can be made to the group through the website www.forloveandhonor.org/JustDuet. Donations are currently being accepted, and the group is giving out a cd of their songs with every donation.
To learn more about the group, find them on Facebook (listed as “Just Duet”), YouTube (channel named “Just Duet”), or visit their website (http://justduetmu.weebly.com).
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