I was going to make this post “A Brief History of Amber’s Musical Journey,” but since nothing I do is ever brief, and also, I got bored writing it, I figured you’d get bored reading it. I’ll give you the highlights:
Colorado Children’s Chorale – hoity-toity prestiiiiigious choir that performs with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and travels around the world performing. I’m pretty sure I was the only kid from a *gasp* PUBLIC SCHOOL in the whole bunch. Maybe not, but the other public school kids were from the fancy rich public schools. Anyway, I did that for two years until I just couldn’t stand it anymore. I was in first grade.
Sounds of B.C. – the top choir at our high school. It was SHOW CHOIR! Woohoo! Fancy dresses! Bazillions of performances! Choreography! I actually hated that last one, because while I can dance, I’m horrible at choreography of any sort. Anyway. I loved it because it was exactly what I wanted to be doing and I had the greatest friends there, and therefore, I have the best memories of that portion of high school.
Fiddler on the Roof – Junior year of high school, I played “Chava.” She’s the youngest daughter that runs away. We had great costumes and it was a fantastic production, only no amount of makeup could cover up the fact that I had spent spring break in Mexico. Therefore, I was about 5 shades darker than the rest of my family – and the entire town.
All-State Choir – one of the biggest honors ever, at least in my mind. I can’t remember the exact numbers, but basically, All-State is the best 300 (I think) singers in the state of Colorado. You have to be in 11th or 12th grade to audition, and as you can probably understand, it’s VERY competitive. I was lucky and made it both years, and it was so cool.
College Vocal Major: I was a voice major for two years in college. I loved it, because I got to sing all the time, but I hated it, because I was sick a lot. It’s stressful trying to avoid all potential voice-affecting situations! As a voice major, we had to take private lessons (my teacher was a total diva who seriously looked like Ursula the Sea Witch from The Little Mermaid – she was nice though and did NOT try to steal my voice) and we had to learn like nine (usually opera) songs per semester (only one could be in English) and we had to perform a certain amount of times. I loved the history and literature part of the curriculum, and was a miserable failure at theory. I quit after two years because I sucked so bad at theory, and also because I had no interest in performing professionally if I was going to have to deal with the backstabbing divas all the time. DRA-MA.
And here we are in the present, and at the point of this blog. Last October, I did a vocal performance at church with a quartet to benefit the youth group and our community outreach funds. One of the songs I did was “The Prayer,” which has most notably been done by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli, and also Josh Groban and Charlotte Church. If you click here (and follow the instructions on the site), you can hear it done by my friend David and I. At least I hope you can, because I’m new to this. Hope you like it!