For most of the week I was absent from propel due to choral celebration. Due to the circumstances, this week’s blog will be about choral celebration.
On Tuesday morning students from Dakota, J.H. Bruns, Glenlawn, and Nelson McIntyre met at Faith Lutheran church. When I got there, I was the third one to show up. I have always been a person known for showing up very early for evens . In this case, I was an hour early alongside a girl named Lexi, and my musical friend Madison. Fast forward to an hour later, we were starting warm up. Anyone who is a choir kid or a musical kid will tell you that vocal warm ups are extremely important. If you do not warm up you will be in a lot of pain. For me personally, warm up is my favourite part of every choir rehearsal. It’s always fun, and it’s one of the only times where I get to figure out how high my voice can go because I am in the tenor/bass section of my vocal jazz group. Most of the vocal warm ups feel silly at first, but then they just become a part of your everyday life.
Over the course of two days, we learned four songs, memorized two of them, and got ready to perform the songs at the centennial concert hall on Wednesday evening. Every day we sang and practiced for six and a half hours. After every day everyone’s throats hurt, and our voices felt raspy (which of course could be solved by another quiz vocal warm up). On the Wednesday we had our dress rehearsal at the concert hall. When I first walked into the room I was amazed by how big the room was. I was very nervous. When we started singing I was shocked by how we sounded in the room. It was amazing. I had performed in a theater like place before, but it was nothing like this. This was amazing.
That night when we were getting ready everyone was nervous. I was so scared I was going to screw up, and since I was in the front row you would be able to hear it through the microphones. We all squished into a room upstairs to run through some songs before we went on. That didn’t give anyone any breathing space. On top of that, we didn’t have any time to warm up before the concert. That put everyone in an anxious state. Our throats hurt because we had been singing all day, we were about to go on for an almost full house, and we had only learned these songs in the past 48 hours. You could tell that the tensions were high. As we walked onto stage the curtains hadn’t been opened yet. I had a wordless conversation with the girls I was standing beside and the boys behind me. We organized ourselves in our positions and we held out binders under our arms like we had previously rehearsed. When they pulled the curtains open I saw the masses of people. I felt like I was going to throw up from the nerves, but at the same time this is something that I’ve wanted for a very long time. I love performing, and I finally got the chance to do it in an environment other than singing in my schools small theater, or dancing at my schools summer pep rally. It was an amazing feeling.
After the performance, the second the curtains closed everyone was overwhelmed with excitement. We all hugged each other, and congratulated each other on how we did. At the end of the two days I had made a few new friends who I could be happy with at the end of the night. When people talk about choral and musical subjects, no one ever really talks about the friendships. In vocal jazz there is a small group of us. We talk to each other, share food with each other, and help each other. Most importantly, we do what we love together which really brings up together as a family. Choral and musical courses are half about the relationships you create along the way. That’s the same with musical theatre. In musical theater we all become best friends and we all grow to love and care for each other, and after the semester is over we are all heartbroken that we won’t be spending as much time together every day. That is really the magic behind these programs. In grade nine I was in choir, and I was also in a drama class, and that is where I met my two best friends. We’ve been best friends now for two years, and they are the best friends I have ever had. I’m still in vocal jazz with my best friend Angela, and my best friend Aisha and I aren’t in drama together anymore, but we are all inseparable. We are our own little friend group (with my other best friend Keara who I had met through Aisha) and we do a lot together. None of that would have ever happened without choir or performing arts classes. With these programs and courses people make lifelong friendships, and it’s amazing. I’m dreading when high school ends and we all have to go our separate ways, but I find comfort in the fact that I’ll have all the memories from my musical years.