Musical teen off to New York to follow her passion

Hannah Kay, from Belthorn Estate, received a part scholarship to complete an associate degree at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts.

An Athlone teen has a chance to attend drama school in New York next year.

Hannah Kay, 18, received a part scholarship to complete an associate degree in musical theatre at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts.

The teen from Belthorn Estate, will be focusing on music, something which she has been very passionate about since the age of 10.

Hannah is a singer and plays the flute and piano. Music runs in the family: her father, Lloydd, sings and plays the piano, guitar and saxophone. Her younger brother, Noah, plays the drums and bass.

At the young age of 10, Hannah taught herself to play the piano. Her first paid gig was a family wedding where she played the flute.

“Music has always been a part of my life. It is something that people can relate to and it inspires people. It is a universal language.

“I don’t want to be the next Beyonce or Rihanna, I simply want to be the best version of me and work on improving my gift and helping other young people like me,” she said.

Hannah’s favourite singer is Michael Jackson, and she also enjoys the sounds of Josephine Baker and Jorja Smith.  

She will study part music and part academics at the New York institution next year. 

“This is something that I’ve always dreamt of and finally it is happening.

“I am excited and nervous and cannot believe that I will be studying in the arts capital of the world. My friends and family are very supportive of me and are excited for me, the support has been overwhelming.”

 Her mom, Lynn Kerchhoff, said she was thrilled for her daughter and very proud of her.

“We have come far as a family, and music has united us. It is a gift that not many people have that we are able to spend so much time with the kids,” she said. 

If anyone would like to contribute to Hannah’s trip the link is