Posted by McNeil Music Center on Sunday, October 22, 2017 Under: MMC Students

The judges have tallied their scores and the winners have been chosen for the 2017 Winter Music Showcase presented by McNeil Music Center (MMC).  June Burton, Lexie Woodroof and Brian Covert were chosen by a panel of judges from a group of talented audition hopefuls.  They will perform on December 1st at the Center for Rural Development, along with Flashback Theater’s “Let’s Play!”, the MMC String Ensemble, the MMC Voice Ensemble and the Lake Cumberland Chorus.

“Each year I’m always impressed with the students who audition for the Showcase,” said Maria McNeil, CEO and Artistic Director for MMC.  “This year is no exception.  I’m excited for the community to see and hear how far these three have come on their musical journey.”

Burton is a member of the Somerset Songwriting Group and has performed at its annual December performance.  She also has performed in a four-person acapella group called Nobody’s Reel, and at the North Texas Irish Festival in Dallas, TX.   She says that her family “always sang and loves folk music” and that she has “sung as long as I can remember.  I always sang with my family.”

Born in Iowa, Burton’s family moved to Tampa Bay, FL when she was six and then to Somerset, KY when she was 16.  She says that she would go on to double major in art and psychology at Berea College.  She also has taught ballroom dancing.

Woodroof has performed songs from Hamilton, Heathers, and Chicago during a pre-college program at Carnegie Mellon.  She also was in The Wizard of Oz for the Lake Cumberland Children’s Theater.  Fluent in Spanish as well as English, Woodroof loves to draw as much as she loves singing.   She says she loves to sings because it lets her relieve her stress.  Originally from Oklahoma, Woodroof now lives in Somerset.

Covert was born 30 minutes north of Cincinnati in Hamilton, OH.  He moved to Somerset in 2001, where he runs his own business Art by Brian, specializing in commissioned art, murals, individual lessons, painting classes, and more.  He also is a tattoo artist at Ink Envy Tattoos.  

He has been studying at MMC since 2016 and has participated in Flashback Theater’s Cabaret and MMC’s Spring Recital.  He will perform at this year’s Masquerade Ball at The Shine House and in March, 2018, will perform the role of Mr. Mushnik in Flashback Theater’s production of Little Shop of Horrors.

The MMC Winter Music Showcase will be held at the Center for Rural Development on Friday, December 1st.  Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the evening performance will begin at 7 p.m.  Admission is pay-what-you-can at the door.  

For more information about McNeil Music Center, which is located at 400 E. Mt. Vernon, Suite 3, visit, call 606-303-3325, or like the Center on Facebook.  

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