Posting Date: April 9, 2010
Meet Chani Maisonet: Scholar and soprano
By Tabatha Wahlquist
Photo by Linda Tincher
Kennesaw State University freshman Chani Maisonet started her singing career at age five. She formed a group with her sisters at the family church where her mother was the choir director and pianist. By high school, Chani was the member of several choirs and was a regular participant in All-State and District Honor Chorus. “Since the age of three, I knew that music was going to be incorporated into my life somehow,” says the Rome High School graduate.
Chani describes KSU as being the right place for her education. “Normally, there is a lot of competition in this field, but not here. Everyone supports each other,” says Chani. She is studying music education with a concentration in vocal performance and is also a member of the KSU Gospel Choir. Last fall, she performed in the KSU Opera Theater production of “The Medium.” “I have never sung opera in my entire life. Although it can be difficult at times, I love challenges, and it is beginning to be another form of music that I love,” says Chani.
Chani’s performance background includes the musicals “CATS,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Chicago” and “Little Shop of Horrors.” In 2008 Chani and her sisters opened for Patti Labelle and John Legend at a benefit concert at Philips Arena.
Chani says of KSU’s music program, “The best part of this program is the performing. It really gets me going. I enjoy performing and how it gets messages across through current songs.” Last Feburary, Chani won first place in her category at the Georgia division of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition held at the University of Georgia. She was also awarded a John Lennon scholarship for songwriting.
Chani’s voice instructor, KSU Assistant Professor of Voice Adam Kirkpatrick, is proud of these early accomplishments. Kirkpatrick says, “Chani is a dedicated, self-motivated, faithful and dependable student. She is a natural performer, possessing both a beautiful soprano instrument and an amiable disposition that endears her to her audience even before she opens her mouth to sing.” Kirkpatrick also appreciates Chani’s dedication to learning. “The thing I enjoy most about working with Chani is her hunger for knowledge and her willingness to try new things and fully commit to whatever she does.”
Chani also stays active in music and performance through playing the flute and dancing. After graduation, Chani would like to pursue a master’s degree with the possibility of opening a performing arts school. “I love it here,” says Chani. “The School of Music is a great program, and I really enjoy being a part of it.”