Elisa Trigg, store manager at the Glen Cove McDonald’s, is always singing.
“It’s every day,” said 22-year-old Jon Perez, a shift manager at the restaurant. “While she’s working, while she’s cleaning, while she’s walking around, she’ll just be singing.”
Trigg, 30, never dreamed that combining her singing with her work would go any further than the annual Christmas party. But now she is one of 22 finalists nationwide in the “Voice of McDonald’s” singing competition.
“It feels great,” said Trigg, “because the people I work with are so supportive. It’s like it’s a loving family.”
Trigg’s biggest McDonald’s supporter is a member of her family. Her father, Peter Castiglione, owns the franchise and has always encouraged Trigg to continue singing. He gave her daily reminders to submit her entry video before the Aug. 14 deadline.
“She moves me,” said Castiglione as he recalled how the minister in church immediately placed her in the adult choir after hearing her sing when she was a child.
Trigg earned a master of science degree in music education from Hofstra University and is the music director at First Church Baldwin United Methodist. Her favorite artists range from Lady Gaga to Bette Midler.
Last week Trigg, along with the other finalists, were flown to Chicago, where they received rock star treatment. They were offered vocal training and an opportunity to work with a producer to create their own performance videos to be posted online. The public will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite singer through the end of November at voiceofmcdonalds.com.
From those votes, the top four will win a trip with a guest to Orlando, Fla. They will attend a McDonald’s convention to compete with finalists from McDonald’s all over the world before professional judges and 15,000 McDonald’s employees for a $25,000 grand prize. If Trigg wins she plans to use some of the money to cover expenses for an elevator that was installed in her church.
Even if she just qualifies for Orlando, an employee from her store will win. She plans to bring a member of her crew as her guest “so that someone can experience a trip like that, like they’re stars.”
Above: Elisa Trigg, store manger at the Glen Cove McDonald's, is one of 22 finalists nationwide in the "Voice of McDonald's" singing competition. Her father Peter Castiglione, who owns the Glen Cove location, encouraged his daughter to enter.