Seventeen-year-old Rebecca Dharmapalan, who is a singer, and her 11-year-old sister Rachel Dharmapalan, who plays piano, recently shared the stage at New York’s Carnegie Hall after winning awards in the American Fine Arts Festival (AFAF) international competition.
Competing against young people from Russia, China, Europe, South America, and the U.S., Rebecca won first place in Jazz/Musical Theater. She sang “Summertime” by George Gershwin from the opera “Porgy and Bess,” accompanied by Rachel.
Rachel was awarded an honorable mention in the Golden Era of Romantic Music competition, playing “Traumerei” by Robert Schumann, a German composer who is considered one of the finest pianists of the Romantic era.
Rebecca also took the second-place award in the Classical/Traditional category, singing “O Mio Babbino Caro,” by Italian composer Giacomo Puccini.
A junior at Oakland School for the Arts (OSA), Rebecca has been singing for 12 years with groups including the Piedmont Choirs, San Francisco Girls Choir, and Vocal Rush, an award-winning a cappella ensemble at OSA.