ARLYSS HAYS (Vocal 2016) started the summer with an invigorating session at ODC “which was just an absolute blast.”

The two week dance intensive which included contemporary, African, post modern partnering, improv, and choreography, was a great warm-up for hitting the trail with the rest of the Hays family- Annette, Nathan, Harlan and Jeanette- and their pals, Drew Vinson and Sam Cott- on a hundred plus mile fundraiser: "Climb Every Mountain”; hiking and singing along the John Muir Trail, to help send SOTA Vocal to Carnegie Hall in the New Year. 

Next stop, Wyoming, with her father and brother, who will be singing in the Grand Teton Music Festival with Donald Runnicles conducting, after which they plan to take the long way home through Utah. With stops in Zion, Flaming Gorge, Moab, Arches, Dead Horse State Park, Goblin Valley, Capital Reef, Anasazi, Bryce Canyon, Lower Calf Creek Falls, and Bodie, lots of swimming is on the agenda.

Her summer adventures notwithstanding, Arlyss is definitely liking “The Naive and the Sentimental Novelist” by Orhan Pamuk. Before school resumes in mid-August, she will wrap up her wandering with a backpacking trip up to Glacier Lakes in Kings Canyon but ultimately “will be glad to go back home…curl up with my 3 dogs on the couch and finish all my books.” She’s excited to go back to school, see friends and “just be part of the SOTA environment again. Since I haven't been able to sing all summer, I can't wait to go back to the Vocal department and resume training, along with seeing what new opportunities lie ahead in this upcoming school year.”