Ms. Illinois Senior America, Kimberly Albrecht, of Hawthorn Woods, was just named a Top Ten Finalist at the Ms. Senior America competition in Atlantic City, New Jersey on October 18th.
The lyric coloratura soprano competed in talent, philosophy of life, private interview, and stage presence over the course of three days in front of live audiences at the Superstar Theatre, Resorts Casino Hotel. Mrs. Albrecht’s “Top Ten” performance of “Time to Say Goodbye” by Quarantotto and Sartori, was named an “epic rendition” by TIME Magazine writer, Cady Lang; and her platform focused on “Respect. Gratitude. Generosity,” which she delivered in a gold sequined Morilee evening gown.
She was graciously coached by her dear friends: former Miss Indiana America, Cyd Glavich of Barrington, Harper and Elmhurst College vocal instructor, Susan Dennis of Bartlett, DanceWerks dance instructor, Ellen Werksman of Barrington, and daughter, Brittany Albrecht, Miss Southern Illinois America 2018.
Ms. Albrecht enjoys singing a wide range of styles – from jazz to classical and has performed professionally for over 30 years. Kimberly is soprano soloist with Jazz Pizazz, Bravissimo Vocal Ensemble, Barrington Village Singers; has been heard on WDCB Radio; recently performed at Barrington White House, The Garlands, Parker Playhouse, and 210 Restaurant; performed, produced and directed musical theatre and opera shows for the former Elgin Opera. Kimberly directs the Atonement Children’s Choir and was Cherub Choir Director at Barrington United Methodist Church (BUMC) for a decade A CHICAGO TRIBUNE - Pioneer Press columnist, Kimberly was Communication Director at BUMC during the ought’s; and a TV writer-producer in the eighties. She holds an M.A. in Radio, TV, Film from Northwestern, and a B.A. in Theatre Arts/ English from University of Michigan, where she founded the Women’s Glee Club. For appearances, she may be reached at: Kimproductions@sbcglobal.net. Facebook: Ms. Senior Illinois America; Instagram: MsSeniorIllinois18.