Sarah Michelle Getto, a versatile musician who writes and plays in numerous styles, will perform her holiday concert for members of Brownwood Area Live on Stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Victory Life.
It's the second consecutive year for Getto to come to Brownwood for a BALOS concert. This first was in November 2010.
This special addition to the BALOS season is open to the public. Tickets cost $10 at the door. Members are admitted with their season ticket. Memberships are still available. Costs are $55 for adults, seniors age 60 and over $50, students $30 and family including parents and all children age 18 and under living at home $120.
"The choir students of Victory Life Academy will be performing with Sarah, and on their own," BALOS spokeswoman Jo Ann Manigold said in an email.
The membership table will open at 6 p.m., and the doors will open at 6:30 p.m.
Getto, who graduated summa cum laude in 2007 from Southeastern Oklahoma State University with a degree in music education, was born blind and with a severe cleft palate. Her dream is to teach music at the elementary level. She's also interested in becoming a music therapist.
Getto began teaching herself to play the piano at age 3 and the violin at age 10. She also plays the guitar, bass and the autoharp.
Her music style includes country, pop, adult contemporary, classical and Christian.
Getto was mainstreamed through Norman (Okla.) public schools, where she learned Braille. In high school, she sang in the choir and played violin in the orchestra. At night she would write songs, performing them as often as she could. She graduated from high school with a 4.0 grade point average and nearly maintained that with the exception of a couple of "B's" throughout college at Southern Oklahoma State University.
Getto's musical highlights have been performing with the Oak Ridge Boys for an audience of 30,000 and placing third in the 2006 Billboard Magazine World Songwriting Competition.
Since graduating from college, Getto has performed all across the country. Her show features music originally recorded by Anne Murray, Karen Carpenter, The Supremes, Captain and Tennille, Alison Krauss, and other pop, country and Gospel performers.
Five more acts - one each month through May - remain on this season's BALOS schedule:
Jan. 20, 2012 - Carpe Diem String Quartet.
Feb. 2, 2012 - Mark Masri, tenor.
March 5, 2012 - The Water Coolers, an award-winning comedy troupe with performing original music and parodies of familiar songs.
April 26, 2012 - Take Me Home, The Music a John Denver, a tribute by Jim Curry and his band to the music of the Texas native and "Rocky Mountain High" legend.
May 4, 2012 - A regional favorite, The Abilene Star Chorus Sweet Adelines.
Videos of the performers are available at the BALOS website, www.liveonstagebwd.com.