January 14, 2010

‘Idol’ likes Temple student who had a Vatican gig

JOHN COSTELLO / Inquirer Staff Photographer In 2003, Claire Fuller of Elkins Park, a Germantown Friends student, finished second in the "It's a Wrap" singing competition at Dell East. She advanced to the Hollywood round on "American Idol" on Jan. 12, 2010.

By Peter Mucha

Inquirer Staff Writer

A young Philadelphia woman who sang regularly at the Vatican and a Nazareth, Pa. band member who broke both wrists falling from a tree were among the those given golden tickets to Hollywood on the season premiere of American Idol last night.

The two hours of Boston auditions, though, showed only snippets of Claire Fuller singing “To Be With You” by rock band Mr. Big, then celebrating making the next round.

But the 2004 Germantown Friends grad has already had an interesting singing career.

As a Temple student in Rome, she performed as a soprano soloist at the Vatican for two years, according to a 2005-2006 university newsletter. “She has sung in front of thousands in St. Peter’s Square and has also performed at Pope John Paul’s morning benedictions and in the Sistine Chapel for the initiation celebration of new cardinals,” the newsletter said.

She’s now a senior undergrad at Temple’s School of Communications and Theater, where she’s been especially active in musical theater, said a university spokesman.

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