Malek to compete in PBS Celebration of Music
In June Industrial junior high student Adysen Malek submitted a video to be considered as a finalist for the PBS talent competition Celebration of Music. She was selected as one of 22 contestants who will perform a group number on December 14 in the live show. A winner will be announced that evening an then will sing a solo on stage and then will compete in a final show in California in May.
The contest is a virtual voting competition so the person with the most votes wins. Votes count as one per email account and the link to go vote is celebration of music.com/houston-tx-virtual-only. There is also information available at www.facebook.com/events/2131637523753977/.
Malek plays tuba in the school band and was named best sixth grade band student. She also can play the ukulele.
“When I was 9 years old, we went to the Symphonic Spooktacular in Victoria,” Malek says on the Celebration of Music web page. “Before the show, instruments were placed on tables for you to explore. It was an awesome night that inspired me to take singing lessons.
“I started at Enny’s Music School in Victoria. I later added piano and guitar lessons. That year, my Uncle Troy was diagnosed with Stage 4 Melanoma. While he was completing treatments at MD Anderson, I would learn songs for him and send videos of me singing and playing the guitar. Sadly, he lost his battle with cancer. I had the privilege of singing at his rosary and funeral. That is when I realized music can both make you smile and comfort you when you are sad.”
Last Spring, Malek competed in and won first place in the Theater Victoria Talent Show, playing the ukulele and singing. She has also been singing the National Anthem at the Industrial High School softball games. This past July, she sang the National Anthem at a Houston Astros game at Minute Maid Park, but that wasn’t the tip of the mountain.
“My greatest privilege was singing the National Anthem at the flag posting and field dedication for the Wounded Warriors Field of Honor in Victoria,” Malek continued. “They posted over 3,000 flags in honor of those who have served and sacrificed for our great nation. The field was a breath-taking sight and it was an honor to be there.”
When school was out, Malek added acting to her talents.
“This summer I attended T3 summer camp through Theater Victoria,” Malek said. “At camp, I performed as Tigger in Winnie the Pooh, Junior. I enjoyed it so much, that I tried out for the Junior Theater Company and made it. We are currently working on our Christmas performance.
“I am very excited to be a finalist in the Celebration of Music and hope to continue to learn and grow through music.”