Local musician, singer shine at spring concert

It was a concert by youth to support youth.

Rachel Averett, accompanied by Val Wold, sang in a Spring Harmony Benefit Concert for the Boys and Girls Club of Kootenai County at the Kroc Center on Sunday, April 17. She sang “Memory” by Andrew Webber from the play “Cats.”

The Boys and Girls Club is a community effort to provide a safe place to keep kids involved in positive activities. Both Rachel and Val spoke of the honor they felt to be a part of this activity.

Rachel, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Ryan Averett, is a student of the CDA Charter Academy in Coeur d’Alene.

Rachel has been involved musically in a variety of local events. Recently, she and Rachael Mylroie, who are affectionately known as the “Two Rachaels” in their Hayden Fourth Ward, won a “Superior” rating for a duet at the District Solo and Ensemble contest.

Val Wold, a 12 year old pianist, started learning piano at the age of 6. He played his first public concert at the age of 7. He has performed at over 120 concerts for various organizations, banks, local chambers, schools and retirement communities and recently was among the featured musicians at a concert for Idaho State Governor Butch Otter and 350 other state legislators.

Val Wold and Rachel Averett were featured at a spring concert benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Kootenai County on April 17. Contributed Photo.

Val joined the Coeur d’Alene Youth Orchestra in September of 2008. He performed his piano concerto (one movement) with the orchestra in May 2009 at the age of 10.

Val produced his first CD at the age of 9 and released his second CD in October 2009. Val’s concert schedule can be found at his Web site www.valwold.com.

Rachel Averett won several judges choice awards at the District Solo and Ensemble as well as “Superior” ratings. She came to know Val through the NIC music program.

The concert, an amazing display of talent by our local youth for a good cause, was well attended at the Kroc Center in Coeur d’Alene.

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