Cascia Hall junior Travis Guillory is the winner of the 2020 Grady-Rayam Vocal Competition, male high school division!
This competition, sponsored by the "Negro Spiritual" Scholarship Foundation, took place on the University of Southern Florida campus on Saturday, February 8. To prepare, Travis worked with teacher Candy Coonfield on a required spiritual, "Oh What A Beautiful City," and a spiritual of his choice, "Go Down Moses." The preparations definitely paid off; his final score, 318 out of 330, was the top score of any division at the competition. He was also able to visit with one of the namesake patrons of the competition and founding member of the "Negro Spiritual" Scholarship Foundation, Mr. Curtis Rayam, a world-class operatic tenor. As a winner, Travis will serve as an ambassador for the promotion, performance, and study of the Negro-Spiritual genre of music for the coming year. He will also receive a $3,000 scholarship grant for college. Congratulations, Travis!