I have been a part of the Children’s Chorus for ten years. I am confident that my experience as a part of this organization has taught me commitment and given me a love for music that I could not have found anywhere else. Also, the opportunities this choir has given me, such as singing with the San Antonio symphony as well as being instructed by world renowned musicians like Doreen Rao, have been overwhelmingly inspiring and have helped to develop me into the person I am today. I am incredibly thankful for all the time and energy that has been invested in me personally by chaperones, CCSA faculty, but especially by Ms. Morgan, Mrs. Taute, and Mrs. Mc Cormick.
Monthly Archives: July 2012
Children’s Chorus has taught me so many things the past 8 years. I remember my first day of Junior Chorus, and how nervous I was. Five of my best friends were made that year; friends which I would sing with for 8 years, travel internationally to France, England, go on tour to Washington DC with, and perform at many places like the Majestic. I have been given so many opportunities the past 8 years which have allowed me to grow as a musician, a person, and a singer. These memories which I have made will stay with me the rest of my life.
I not only grew as a musician, but I grew as a person. I learned about what it means to make a commitment and stick to it. Even though there were many rehearsals, especially Saturday rehearsals, which I did not want to go to, I attended. I was scared out of my mind to go on my first Mo Ranch Pre-season retreat, but I knew I had to go…and because of that retreat, I made lifelong friends which I will have for the rest of my life.
Even though there were times when I wanted to quit or times when I wanted to give up, I would not have changed the past 8 years for anything. I want to thank Mrs. McCormick and Mrs. Taute for everything they have done to mature me as a person and musician. All of the things I have learned will be with me for the rest of my life. Mondays will not be the same next year!
The day I auditioned for the Children’s Chorus, I was terrified. I was a shy fifth grader stepping far out of my comfort zone. Over my eight years in CCSA, I have developed the confidence that comes with being a performer.
I have been blessed with opportunities to perform with conductors who inspired me, singing music, which both excited and challenged me. Under the guidance of Mrs. McCormick and Mrs. Taute, I have learned countless lessons about being a member of a team and musicianship. Most importantly, I have made wonderful friends through my involvement in the choir.
Thank you to the Children’s Chorus, especially Mrs. McCormick and Mrs. Taute, for giving that shy fifth grader a chance to grow!
Music is something that has been a part of my soul from a very young age. By being a member of CCSA, I was able to turn my love of music into a working talent and for that I am eternally grateful. My time with the CCSA has been one of tremendous growth, increasing talent and close friends. It has been a chance for my siblings and I to grow closer and experience something together. Over the past 9 years or so Mondays (and previously Tuesdays and, before that, Thursdays) have held what can honestly be called an ever-fluctuating emotional status in my life. CCSA wasn’t always easy and the fun and camaraderie were often juxtaposed by rigorous rehearsals and difficult pieces. There were times when Monday afternoons were literally the best part of my week. Other Mondays consisted of a rather long, grouchy ride leading to the choir rooms of AHUMC. Despite this, there is nothing like the cold nervousness of being on stage before a show. Nothing like the peace you feel as your mind simultaneously focuses on every single note and beat and yet feels entirely empty. Your body works off of muscle memory and your eyes lock onto the conductor as the world focuses down into nothing but the music. There is a difference between singing a piece well and losing yourself in it but I always strive for that moment of cleansing. I will miss my time at CCSA but I will never stop singing.
My past 7 years in CCSA have gone by so fast; I can hardly believe that it is already time to say goodbye. I will always remember the amazing lessons that being a part of this chorus and this family has taught me – about singing and about life. I have loved singing since I was a young, inexperienced child and through my years in CCSA my love for singing has only grown. Thanks to the great direction and dedication of Mrs. McCormick and Mrs. Taute, and to the support and unending love of my fellow singers, I have become a confident singer. Some of the places and pieces that we have the opportunity to sing are as unique and awe-inspiring as the people I get to share the experience with as a part of CCSA. The camaraderie that exists amidst the choir members is something special – it takes a certain group of people to appreciate all the nerdy choir sayings. The memories I have from choir will continue with me throughout my life. I will never forget the trips to Mo Ranch for the retreat my first few years in Chamber Choir, sitting on stage at the Majestic for the first time, and harmonizing to “Happy Birthday.” There are so many reasons that my time with CCSA has been awesome, but the most important has to be getting to sing with a group of people who share my passion for music.