Aria-mazing Performance by San Jose Student Wins 'Chiropractic Has Talent!'

Aria-mazing Performance by San Jose Student Wins ‘Chiropractic Has Talent!’

Palmer San Jose student Sarah Fulco earned top honors at the 2014 “Chiropractic Has Talent!” competition on Aug. 2 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport.

The CHT event capped off Life West’s “Wave” program, and showcased an exceptionally talented group of nearly a dozen chiropractic students who ventured from schools throughout the U.S. (and from as far as New Zealand) to compete for a chance at one of the top-three cash prizes totaling $25,000.

Ms. Fulco, a classically trained opera singer who last year made a career adjustment into chiropractic, amazed the audience and impressed the judges with her performance of the aria “Con te partiro.”

Her impassioned delivery displayed a powerful voice and earned her selection as the night’s top talent. She also received the $15,000 first-prize award!

Lenny Williams, the lead singer for soulful Bay Area band Tower of Power, was one of the three CHT judges, which also included Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., and Billy DeMoss, D.C.

Palmer San Jose Campus student Sarah Fulco's performance of the aria "Con te partiro" earned her top honors at the "Chiropractic Has Talent!" event on Aug. 2. "It's one of my mom's favorite songs, and I wanted to do something special for her, since she couldn't be there."

Palmer San Jose Campus student Sarah Fulco’s performance of the aria “Con te partiro” earned her top honors at the “Chiropractic Has Talent!” event on Aug. 2. “It’s one of my mom’s favorite songs, and I wanted to do something special for her, since she couldn’t be there.”

While critiquing Ms. Fulco’s performance, Mr. Williams said, “Somewhere Luciano Pavarotti is saying, ‘I wish I could have lived a little longer to sing with you.’”

Following her graduation with a degree in vocal performance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2011, Ms. Fulco sang on international stages in solo and choral-group performances. She ranks earning top honors at CHT 2014 among the most exciting and rewarding singing experiences of her career.

“It was such a privilege to represent the college that I’m so proud of attending, and it was a great experience to meet the other students from all over the world,” said Ms. Fulco, a Las Vegas, Nev., native, who is in her fourth quarter at Palmer’s San Jose Campus, and serves as her class’ representative on the Associated Student Government (ASG).

“The aria I performed is so beautiful. Plus, it’s one of my mom’s favorite songs, and I wanted to do something special for her since she couldn’t be there,” she said.

Ms. Fulco, who also earned top honors at the “Palmer’s Got Talent!” competition earlier this year, said nearly three years have passed since she last performed in front of a large audience in a concert setting. She’s enjoying every aspect of her Palmer education – but her participation in the CHT event reignited her love for music and performing.

“Prior to the competition, I told myself if I won, I would make my music career more significant in my life again,” said Ms. Fulco.

“I’m planning to use a portion of my prize money to purchase a new computer and equipment to start recording my singing and see where it takes me!”

Palmer San Jose Campus student Sarah Fulco (far right) with fellow Palmer performers (from left) Joshua Hallengren and Collin Skye, representing the Davenport Campus at the "Chiropractic Has Talent!" event on Aug. 2 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport.

Palmer San Jose Campus student Sarah Fulco (far right) with fellow Palmer performers (from left) Joshua Hallengren and Collin Skye, representing the Davenport Campus at the “Chiropractic Has Talent!” event on Aug. 2 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport.

Singing is Ms. Fulco’s favorite hobby, and music will always be a part of her life. However, she acknowledges that chiropractic is her top priority.

“When I made the decision to change career paths and redirect my life into chiropractic, choosing Palmer’s San Jose Campus was the easiest part,” said Ms. Fulco, a former competitive softball player, who is an active member of the Sports Council, and plays on the SJ Campus women’s soccer team.

“When I read the mission statement about maintaining ‘a sustained commitment to excellence and continual improvement,’ I knew that Palmer was the right college for me.”

Watch the video post featuring Ms. Fulco’s CHT-winning performance!