January 31, 2023

By Rebekah Wahlberg

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Sarah Horn, voice instructor and graduate of California Baptist University, was invited to host and perform at Hollywood Bowl’s ABBA Fest, Sept. 8.

Horn became something of a YouTube sensation after she sang an impromptu duet with actress Kristen Chenoweth this August. She was invited to be a special guest at the ABBA-cappella portion of ABBA Fest, a tribute to the Swedish pop group, after her on-stage discovery.

Horn said she has been “pleasantly overwhelmed” by her newfound fame.

“One of my thoughts is, ‘Well, it’s about time,” said Mike Kestler, junior music composition major, of Horn’s recent discovery.

Kestler was the accompanist for Horn’s voice lessons and has been friends with her for the past two years.

“She’s the best vocalist I know, and I think it’s because she’s the hardest working musician I know,” Kestler said.

Horn performed two songs at ABBA Fest: ABBA’s “Thank You for the Music,” and a solo rendition of “For Good” from the Broadway musical “Wicked.”

Horn was also a guest judge for the competition’s evening portion. University of California at Los Angeles’ Scattertones, University of Southern California’s SoCal VoCals and Chapman University’s Soundcheck performed a capella renditions of ABBA songs. The Scattertones won the competition.

“Everything in my life has changed, even if the slightest bit,” Horn said.

She now only gives voice lessons at CBU twice a week to ease her busy schedule.

Horn said she wants to devote more time to performing professionally. She has performed at a few private parties recently and has a couple bookings for next year so far.

“Whenever I’m on stage I feel God smiling on me,” she said. “Singing is what I was created to do.”

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