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Teen Sings

Trimble teen a singing sensation

By Helen E. McKinney,
Contributing Writer

(June, 2002) BEDFORD, Ky. – Singing has always been a part of Kristy Sachleben’s life.
“From the time she was little, Kristy didn’t sing like they did. She sang just a little different,” Sachleben’s mother, Suzanne, said of her four daughters.
The 16-year-old prefers country and gospel music. She has entertained audiences at the Trimble County Apple Festival and the Scottsburg Jamboree. She has also performed at 4-H competitions, talent shows and the county fair. She also engages in Espirit at the Trimble County High School, where she performs with a group and solo.

Kristy Sachleben

Kristy Sachleben

For the past year, Beverly Stewart of Crestwood, Ky., has given Sachleben voice lessons once a week. Stewart said her voice “has a beautiful quality to it.”
Stewart said her goal is to provide students with a vocal technique, enabling them to sing for many years without damaging their voice, as so many professional singers are prone to do.
The classical training she has received has helped to build her voice. Stewart said she is a good, devoted student who frequently incorporates Italian art songs into her voice lessons. Art songs delineate the difference between popular song and songs written by classical composers to modern poetry.
To further her talent, Sachleben has attended the Music Theatre of Louisville, a nonprofit organization based at Louisville’s Iroquois Amphitheater. Since 1981, the Music Theatre has produced and preserved a high quality of diverse and affordable entertainment.
Suzanne Sachleben said her daughter became involved with the Music Theatre on her own initiative. She took an acting course through the Music Theatre and participated in a session of the musical, “Annie.”
Sachleben also attended the Louisville Film Institute. The Institute’s primary focus is on emphasizing education through experience.
These previous experiences have led Sachleben to decide on a career in music therapy. She plans to attend the University of Louisville after graduating from high school.
She said her goal is to “apply singing to life, to help people.” Music therapy can effect positive changes in psychological, physical, cognitive or social functioning of individuals with health or educational problems.
“She is a very caring person,” Stewart said. “She’d do well in whatever she’s going to do.”

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