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A star in the making at EVHS

Cindy Ramunno
Shane Macomber/Vail DailyLewis Mirelez, a senior at Eagle Valley High School, has made his mark on local stages with his voice and talent with musical instruments. He is planning to attend Colorado State University and study music education.

All-state choir? The lead in the play? Musical genius?

You’d never know these things about Lewis Mirelez simply by talking to him. His modesty keeps him from letting one know how talented he is. Until you see him in action.

Mirelez played the Beast in Eagle Valley High School’s spring musical production of “Beauty and the Beast.” He also received all-state honors in choir ” a difficult feat. Teachers say Mirelez could have also made the all-state band with his trumpet skills, but the young actor had too much on his plate to commit.

The high-pressure task of playing the Beast in front of a sold-out local crowd would have most people twirl with anxiety. Not Mirelez ” he thrives in the spotlight.

Mirelez began singing and playing the piano in the fourth grade. He started the trumpet in fifth grade and by the seventh grade, he started standing out on the stage.

What kept him in the spotlight was the support he received from his mom, Annette Lewis, and his piano teacher, Dawn Poff.

“My mom pushes me so much. She always wants me to be better,” he says, describing a recent incident where he was singing in the car and his mom said that he could do it much better. “Dawn Poff has been great too,” Mirelez says.

The Colorado State University’s music department will be in for a treat this fall when Mirelez begins attending classes there. He will pursue a degree in music education, voice and piano.

“I’d like to eventually open a local piano studio and teach private classes, and I want to keep performing,” Mirelez says.

Before heading to Fort Collins, Mirelez will work and perform with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in

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Vail this summer.

Mirelez says he’s had great support at home. “I’ll miss

mom, Jon Jon (Asper, his mother’s boyfriend) and (his younger brother) Jason, but I’m excited to meet new people,” Mirelez says. He’ll miss knowing everyone in the area and how everyone supports everyone else, he says. Lewis says that her son is not afraid to work hard for what he wants.

“He knows he can do it,” Lewis says.”He’s very goal-oriented.” She says she’ll miss he son next year.

Poff, who has taught Mirelez for almost 10 years, also will have to get used to a noticeable void in her lineup of students “His talent is multi-faceted. He’s unbelievable on the trumpet,” she says. Poff describes Mirelez as brilliant with a deep understanding of music.

“His grasp of theory is beyond college level,” she says. “Most recently, his voice has been blowing me away. He has an unbelievable tenor voice that’s just now coming into its own. He’s really gifted and ambitious. He’s mature, focused and sweet. He’s wise beyond his years.”

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