Sophie GrierVoice Coach / Administrator firstname.lastname@example.org
Sophie was born in Mulhouse, France in 1997 but she grew up in Whitehead, attending Whitehead Primary School and Carrickfergus Grammar School. She has always had a love for performing, taking Irish dance, participating in school productions and singing in school choirs from a young age.
Carrickfergus Grammar is where Sophie’s love of music was developed and nurtured. She played violin in orchestras and string quartet as well as achieving her grade 8 violin with distinction. She was also a member of the Senior Choir who came runner up in the BBC Ulster School Choir of the Year and toured with them to Paris, singing in the Notre Dame. She studied performing Arts GCSE and Music A level and was the chairperson of the Music Society Leadership Committee in 2015/16, receiving honours with distinction for her commitment to music.
Sophie joined Uplift in January 2013 and quickly fell in love with everything they do. She has since taken part in countless shows over the years including productions at the Theatre at the Mill and four Dinner Theatre shows. She volunteered for Uplift helping teach at the Whitehead branch since it began until September 2016. Being part of Uplift has also granted Sophie International performance experience. In 2014 she was part of their first international team attending Dance excellence in LA. Sophie was given the opportunity to perform in Disneyland as well being chosen as one of two members to represent Uplift in the Company Show, allowing her to perform alongside the Young Americans. One of Sophie’s many highlights from her time with Uplift is being a member of the Danville Cast in both 2014 and 2016 as she loved getting to teach, direct and inspire the youth in Kentucky through the mediums of singing, dancing and acting.
In 2016/17 Sophie took a gap year to the Netherlands doing youth work to focus on her passion for working with Young people internationally. Here she organised cross-cultural exchanges, lead youth groups and taught English lessons in schools.
Sophie is excited to be back home in Northern Ireland and can’t wait to work with local youth, helping them develop as singers and performers. She is passionate about the arts and Uplift’s aim of helping increase self confidence and self esteem through creative outlets. She is thankful for all the experiences she has been given through Uplift and can’t wait to take on her new role as vocal coach within the Uplift family, helping to inspire the next generation of Uplifters!