A: I actually think about the backstage moments rather than the show moments. I remember everyone cheering each other on. Everybody was really like a family.
Q: You’ve been invited to sing for many dignitaries and luminaries. What have been some of your proudest or most exciting singing engagements thus far?
A: I would have to say singing for the Japanese royal family in their parlor room which was really cool. I also enjoyed singing for President Obama at the Christmas tree lighting ceremony. It was my first presidential experience and really cool, too.
Q: You are still evolving as an artist and your future continues to be bright. What kind of artist are you still striving to become?
A: I just want to touch as many people as I can and use my gift in ways that can benefit the world. I know that sounds cheesy but I actually want to make a change. With the spotlight on me at certain times, I want to use it to my advantage. And I want to do more than just sing. I want to be an author, a fashion designer and other things. I’m glad I’m young because there is still time to see what else I can do.
Q: Are you glad your career began at a young age?
A: Absolutely. It gives me a chance to discover myself while also doing trial and error to see what the public reaction is whether good or bad and whether or not I choose to take a certain route or not. I consider it a big advantage.
Q: What should audiences anticipate from your Dayton Philharmonic concert?
A: There will be many different genres represented. I’ll be singing favorite pieces in my entire repertoire from when I was 10 until now. There will be a lot of songs, especially fan favorites, I think many people will enjoy.
WANT TO GO?
What: "An Evening with Jackie Evancho"
Where: Schuster Center, Second and Main Streets, Dayton
When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Tickets: Call Ticket Center Stage at (937) 228-3630 or visit daytonperformingarts.org.