Alissa Musto

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Alissa Musto
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Alissa Musto at Miss Massachusetts Appearance
Background information
OriginProvidence, Rhode Island, U.S.
Occupation(s)Musician, child pianist, singer
InstrumentsVocals
Piano
Websitehttp://www.alissamusto.com

Alissa Musto (born in Providence, Rhode Island) is an American singer and child pianist. She is the winner of the 2007 New England Performs competition, a talent competition with thousands of competitors from all over New England.[1] She held the 2008 championship title for "Rhode Island's Got Talent" where she beat several adults.[2] She has performed numerous charity events for Mayor David Cicilline,[3] Make A Wish Foundation and PARI.[4] She has performed all over New England, including the Hard Rock Cafe and the Fox Theatre at Foxwoods Casino.

Early performances[edit]

Alissa started taking piano lessons at the age of five. She soon began performing at local nursing homes for the residents. She won many local piano competitions and most of the times, despite her age, was put in the older division of the competitions. In 2004 she was the winner of "Fall River Catches a Star" talent competition. She won in her age category; 12 and under. She was also nominated for the NBC "Channel 10 Spotlight On the Student Artist" on September 4, 2004.[5]

America's Most Talented Kids[edit]

In February 2005, at the age of nine, Musto made her debut on national television, America's Most Talented Kid. She performed a medley of Mozart and Jerry Lee Lewis. She auditioned with thousands of kids nationwide and was chosen to do a commercial for the show. The host was Dave Coulier from Full House.

2007–2010[edit]

In March 2007, Alissa won the New England Performs Regional Competition in her age category; 12 and under. The competition was opened to qualified contestants across New England. Alissa won first place and the $1500 prize. In the 2008 competition, though she did not compete, she opened the show with a performance of "Jailhouse Rock".[6]

In August 2008, Musto won first place in the state wide talent show " RI's Got Talent". Several hundreds of people auditioned from Massachusetts and Rhode Island, but there were only 18 finalists, half of which were adults.[7] Musto performed "Traveling Band" medley, an arrangement she composed with her father that incorporated Creedence Clearwater Revival, Chopin, Mozart & Beethoven. Alissa took home the $1,000 cash prize. In December 2008, she performed "If I Was Santa Claus", a song written by her and her father for Toys for Tots.[8]

After winning Rhode Island's Got Talent, Alissa was invited to perform on the Talent Quest TV show. Musto performed as a contestant in March 2009. Winning the 2009 episode, she was invited back as a guest performer on 2 additional episodes. That year she also made appearances on Community Auditions and The Rhode Show. She also sang the National Anthem at a 2009 Pawtucket Red Sox game.

In September 2010, Musto was notified that she was one of 10 finalists in the Wonderworld TV Golden Ribby Awards. She ultimately received the "Piano Act of the Year" award. The show was broadcast 4 times in December. In late 2010, she was also chosen to be an ambassador for the Green School organization. In December, Musto competed in the Music On & Up Showcase series and was selected as one of the 4 finalists.

Pageantry[edit]

Miss Massachusetts 2016[edit]

On July 2, 2016 at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester, Massachusetts, Musto was crowned Miss Massachusetts 2016 by outgoing Miss Massachusetts 2015, Meagan Fuller, beating out 24 other contestants.[9] In addition to the title, Musto won over $12,000 in scholarship money.[9] As Miss Massachusetts, her activities included public appearances across the state of Massachusetts.

Miss America 2017[edit]

Musto was Massachusetts' representative at the Miss America 2017 pageant held in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on September 11, 2016 with a platform of "Changing Keys - Connecting Kids with Keyboards".[10] Musto placed in the top 15 finalists, being eliminated after the swimsuit competition and earned a $4,000 scholarship award.[11][12]

Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result Ref.
2002 "Piano Sonata," "Moonlight Sonata," and "Prelude in A Minor"
Melissa's Piano Studio Piano Competition
Won
"Minuet in G" Won
2004 "Mozart Meets Rock and Roll" Fall River Celebrates America Catching A Star Competition Won
Alissa Musto
NBC Spotlight on Student Artist Nominated
2006 ABC Most Talented of 2005 Won
2007
"Traveling Band" Medley
New England Performs Talent Competition Won
2008 Rhode Island's Got Talent Won
2009 "Old Time Rock And Roll" Talent Quest TV Show Won
Online video submission Wonderworld TV Daily Talent Contests Won
"If I Was Santa Claus" Next Holiday Classic Songwriting Competition Nominated
2010
"Old Time Rock and Roll" Medley
Wonderworld TV Golden Ribby Awards, Act of the Year Nominated
Wonderworld TV Golden Ribby Awards, Piano Act of the Year Won
"Roll Over Beethoven" Music On & Up 18 and under Showcase Top 4 Finalist
2011 "Traveling Band" Medley Taunton's Got Talent Runner-up
Female artist of the year Limelight Music Awards Nominated
"Traveling Band Medley/Doesn't Matter" (original) Music On & Up Grand Finale 3rd place
"Save the World" GREEN Difference Awards, Song of the Year Won
"Traveling Band Medley/Animal" Kidz Star USA 2011 Top 10 Finalist
2012 "Born This Way" piano cover Music & Arts Find Your Voice Contest Top 6 Finalist

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alissa Musto:winner Of New England Performs
  2. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 14, 2008. Retrieved October 10, 2008.
  3. ^ http://www.providenceri.com/press/article.php?id=420 Mayor Cicilline’s Seniors' day set for September 14 at Roger Williams park<
  4. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on July 27, 2011. Retrieved May 17, 2009.
  5. ^ a b http://www.ridance.com/spotlightartist.html
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 24, 2011. Retrieved December 21, 2008.
  7. ^ http://www.pr.com/press-release/98528
  8. ^ http://www.bobsadventures.com/
  9. ^ a b "Alissa Musto of Rehoboth is Miss Massachusetts 2016". Reporter Today. July 9, 2016.
  10. ^ "Alissa Musto - Miss Massachusetts 2016". Miss America Organization.
  11. ^ Zaretsky, Staci (September 12, 2016). "Miss America Contestant Longs To Be A Lawyer". Above the Law.
  12. ^ "2017 Contestant Scholarship Awards" (PDF). Miss America Foundation.

External links[edit]


Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Meagan Fuller
Miss Massachusetts
2016
Succeeded by
Jillian Zucco