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Kaylee Jamieson is a Whiz Kid

Kaylee may be autistic, but that doesn’t stop her!

In spite of the challenges she must face as an autistic child, Kaylee Jamieson, 12, hardly seems handicapped.

Kaylee has been singing since she was three years old, and just a few weeks ago she was asked to sing The Star-Spangled Banner at a motorcycle show in Shelton for a group of donors to Camp Happiness, where Kaylee attends summer camp.  In addition, Kaylee sings The Star Spangled Banner every year at Camp Happiness’s end of the summer performance. (Watch the to see Kaylee sing The Star- Spangled Banner for Milford Patch.)

Kaylee’s talents are not only showcased at programs aimed at special needs children.  In addition, she studies and performs with the United Girls Choir of the United Choir School, Connecticut’s leading provider of choral ensembles for girls.  The United Girls Choir has chapters all over Connecticut, and is by audition only, for girls ages 6 to 17.  This year, Kaylee was promoted to the Chamber Singer’s Ensemble, which is an incredible honor.  Kaylee performs with the United Girls Choir in venues all over Connecticut, including a recent performance at Woolsey Hall, a 2,695-seat auditorium in New Haven, Connecticut.

“There’re a total of like 500 girls that sing in [the United Girls Choir],” boasted Kaylee’s mother, Debbie Jamieson.

Kaylee is such a good singer, she doesn’t only perform with other kids.  She has also sung with a local (adult) Milford singing group, The Navels, and regularly sings on the boardwalk in West Haven on Wednesday nights throughout the summer.

Unfortunately, Kaylee doesn’t get to sing as much as she’d like at East Shore Middle School, where she is a student.

“East Shore Middle School didn’t have a talent show last year and that made me feel bad.  And they didn’t have one the year before, and it kind of stunk,” Kaylee complained.

But there is a chorus at school, and that’s Kaylee’s favorite class.

“My favorite subject would be chorus, because I like singing, and I like my chorus teacher,” Kaylee said.

Besides being an accomplished singer, Kaylee has studied ballet for four years, and last December appeared in a version of the Nutcracker where dancers with special needs and their mentors – part of Debra Marchese’s Adaptive/Mentor program in Milford – performed with the New England Ballet Company.  Kaylee played the lead, Clara.  In spite of having only about a year’s worth of ballet lessons, and in addition being autistic, Kaylee held her own with members of the ballet company in a performance that was both striking and moving.

“It was really great.  I’ve never been a lead part before, but this year I’m gonna be a lead part again – the Sugar Plum Fairy,” said Kaylee.

Definitely a Whiz Kid, but also a regular kid, Kaylee also plays Little League and basketball, idolizes Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber, loves her friends, enjoys playing with her sisters and brothers, and is looking forward to going camping with her family.

chris cofer September 01, 2011 at 05:57 PM
HEY DEBRA JAMIESON, NOW I JUST SIGNED UP FOR MILFORD CT PATCH AND NOW I'M ALSO TALKIN TO YA DAUGHTER HAHAHAHAHA!! NOW U AND YOUR HUSBAND AND VANESSA CANT DELETE MY ACCOUNT OR KEEP CALLIN MY MOTHER ANONOMYOUS
chris cofer September 02, 2011 at 02:01 PM
I think kaylee will have a great future in the united girl choir and united girl choir school and the ESMS drama club for this year and the other year p.s your really cute in your smiley pic love chris cofer.
Christopher Cofer April 29, 2012 at 01:09 AM
KAYLEE DON'T HOLDING BACK YOUR LOVE BECAUSE IN THE END YOU WILL WANT ANOTHER ROUND OF COMMENTS FROM ME LUV YO VOICE IT SOUNDZ SEXY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ps:YOU ARE VERY SEXY I LUV YOUR VOICE MAYBE WE CAN DO A DUET 2GETHER SOME TIME CUZ I HAVE AN AUTOTUNUABLE VOICE WITHOUT THE MIC
chris versteeg April 29, 2012 at 04:31 PM
U'RE WELCOME DEBBIE PS: I HAVE A CRUSH ON KAYLEE JUST 2 LET U KNOW
chris versteeg April 29, 2012 at 04:32 PM
hi babby cakei luv u with my heart when i first met u i knew that we would be a great couple

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