Alum Bryanne Presley Performs with Simon Estes!

Bryanne and Simon Estes

From the Top Alum Bryanne Presley, oboist from Nevada, Iowa, participated in two performances with renowned opera singer Simon Estes as part of his Roots and Wings tour. The Roots and Wings tour has a goal to provide outreach to all ninety-nine counties in Iowa and raise funds for the Simon Estes Iowa Educational Foundation, which provides college scholarships to outstanding students.

Bryanne states, “I enjoy performing for others and knowing that my performance impacts others of all ages. After the performances, I was greeted kindly with praising comments from people who did not know what an oboe was or have even heard it played well. I am honored to be able to share the singing sounds of the oboe with others.”

Simon Estes was present at the “From the Top” Show #216 recorded in Ames, IA where Bryanne was performing. After the performance, Simon asked Bryanne and another Iowan on the show, Caroline Weeks, to perform with him on his Roots and Wings tour. Bryanne performed on October 30, 2010 in Vinton, Iowa (Benton County), and again on November 13, 2010 in Manning, Iowa (Carroll County).