In Greek mythology, sirens lured sailors onto the rocks with their beautiful songs. Martha’s Vineyard native Siren Mayhew has never done that!
She did begin singing publicly at the age of five, making her debut at her great-grandmother’s funeral singing “Kumbaya,” and started singing lessons at eight.
Siren later entered the first-ever Boston Pops High School Sing-Off in 2008 when she was 16. Selected from an initial field of some 400 video entrants, she eventually competed against 22 other singers from around Massachusetts. Here she is singing "Being Alive" by Stephen Sondheim during the semi-finals. Siren was one of three finalists who got to sing with the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall. Siren was named the winner, earning her a performance with the Pops on the Fourth of July on the Boston Esplanade in front of a live audience of half a million.
Siren first performed with the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra in June 2016, at the Tabernacle in Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard. Jung-Ho Pak conducted a program of Broadway, Hollywood, and patriotic favorites and Ms. Mayhew sang five selections, including one of her own compositions, which Jung-Ho arranged for orchestra. Siren has composed many pieces over the last decade, and recently won a Judge’s Choice award for her original song “Mars” in the 2017 New England Songwriting Competition.
Cape Symphony will be joined by Siren Mayhew for Holiday on the Cape, December 1, 2, and 3. Call 508.362.1111 or buy online.