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Mount St. Mary Academy sophomore Murphy McDermott will be one of 25 semi-finalists from across the area who will be performing at the Buffalo’s Got Talent competition on Wednesday, May 29, at Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts.

Murphy is a trained classical singer at the age of 15, already with a few years of professional training under her belt. She has performed on famed stages like Carnegie Hall and has been invited to sing at competitions held at the Kennedy Center – where she is scheduled to compete this coming fall – and the Sydney Opera House. At each competition in which she participates, Murphy is eager for the judges’ feedback so that she can continue honing her skill.

Though many young women her age might be singing the latest pop hits, Murphy finds her sweet spot in opera pieces.

“There’s so much emotion in opera,” she said. Add in the fun of a dramatic character in a dire situation and she’s thrilled. Plus, she said, “I just love singing in foreign languages.”

Living in Appleton makes her commute to and from school just over an hour long, Murphy said. About twice as long as her commute to DeSales Catholic School, where she received her elementary education. But Murphy knew she wanted to attend Mount St. Mary after being introduced to the school’s Fine Arts Department, particularly the music programs. At Mount St. Mary, Murphy is involved in Gemtones, a singing group, and the school’s Concert and Marching bands.

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