By Breanne Post
Although local musician Tiffany Giardina had national success as Gia, she still is willing to come back to her roots.
Giardina will perform at Winter Bowl, a charity event held at Grand Prix New York in Mount Kisco next Thursday, Feb. 23 that will benefit the Music Conservatory in White Plains. Proceeds from the event will go toward scholarship programs for the conservatory’s Music Therapy Institute’s students.
“I’ve always been an advocate for music education and music therapy and this came my way,” said Giardina, an 18-year-old Waccabuc resident. “They asked me to perform and I said yes, of course, anything that has to do with music and helping kids I am all for it.”
Giardina has always loved music, having worked in the entertainment business for more than a decade. When she was five years old she appeared on Broadway as Molly in “Annie” and had small roles in “Peter Pan” and “The Sound of Music.” She has also been in a number of commercials, on “Saturday Night Live” and “Late Night with David Letterman.”
Nowadays, the singer, actress and model spends her time writing her own songs and performing them.
“I always kept a diary or a book of poetry and I just turned the poetry into my songs” Giardina said.
She gets her inspiration from ordinary things–from fashion to friends to films and even boys.
Her songs are featured on the soundtrack for “Another Cinderella Story.” Giardina just finished recording all the songs for the new Barbie movie the “Princess and the Pop Star.”
”My favorite part about the whole business is performing and putting on a show. I like putting on a big show and singing live,” Giardina said.
Currently, Giardina is in studio mode getting all of her songs ready to be recorded for a new album, and getting ready for Winter Bowl.
“I’m really lucky that I have done so much already and experienced this much in the music business and it’s awesome that I realized my passion so early,” Giardina said.
She hopes to see people young and old come out to next week’s event. Her music is recognizable to many different age groups and she would love to see them attend to help children and music education and therapy.
For 25 years, the Music Conservatory of Westchester (MCW) has been a provider of professional music therapy services. Helping children in small groups, it has more than 2,000 students each year. Music therapy addresses the physical, emotional, social and cognitive well being of children and adults with a wide variety of special needs.
Adriana Pera, a renowned cellist and MCW faculty musician, and MCW’s popular Teen Rock & Jazz Ensemble will also be performing at the Winter Bowl.
Tickets, which much be purchased in advance, include a free pass to one game of bowling at the new state of-the-art lanes, one pass to go indoor go-kart racing, three arcade tokens and catered food and drinks. The cost for adults is $60; it’s $50 for those 16 and under. Beer and wine is also available for the adults.
Grand Prix New York is located at 333 N. Bedford Road in Mount Kisco. For more information or to purchase tickets call 914-761-3900 or visit www.winterbowl.eventbrite.com.