Summer jobs donâ€™t usually make headlines, but that wasnâ€™t the case for one Concordia student. Laura Pancoast â€™13, Thief River Falls, Minn., was featured in the June 13 edition of the New York Times. At 19, she is the youngest staff member at the Central City Opera, Central City, Colo.
Her voice professor Dr. Holly Wrensch and a fellow Cobber both encouraged her to apply with the opera company. She won one of 14 positions â€“ from a pool of more than 300 applicants. The hardworking Cobber says her experience in customer service at her hometown Hardware Hank helped her land the position.
While her day-to-day duties donâ€™t put her at center stage, Pancoast, a vocal performance major, hopes the network she is developing will help her in the future.
â€œWorking for one of the major summer opera companies will help in meeting people and making connections,â€ she says.
Pancoast plans to eventually pursue a doctorate in vocal performance, so she can teach in a university setting one day.