One of my favorite things is music. I love it all... jazz, classical, choral, musical theatre, popular, country, etc. ... well, maybe heavy metal a little less so.
I decided to post this blog today because
1. It's concert season!
2. I actually participated in a concert today!
I fell in love with music at a very young age. I participated in music classes at school, playing music bingo with my fellow classmates. I also participated in my church's choir (I was the only kid in that choir, unless I could manage to drag my little sister up with me).
In the fifth grade (2009), I began participating in a "real choir," the Southwest Virginia Children's Choir, under the direction of Dr. Joseph Trivette. I participated in their Christmas concert, but took the spring off to perform in the Barter Theatre's production of "Annie." I rejoined the children's choir in the fall of 2010 and continued to perform with the group until the spring of 2012, when I was too old to be in that choir.
Over the years, I've participated in my school's choirs, such as the Lebanon Middle School Choir, the Lebanon High School Choir, and now the Emory and Henry Concert Choir.
Through the middle school choir, I've had the opportunity to participate in All-County Choir. I also went to All-District, All-Virginia, NAfME All-Nationals, and was selected for Honors Performance Series All-International Choir at Carnegie Hall while I was in high school.
Now, I continue my music experience by performing in the Emory and Henry Concert Choir, Grace Notes (an A Capella group at Emory and Henry), Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church chancellor choir, Sinking Spring Handbell Choir, and the Southwest Virginia Community Choir. I also help teach music at a music, art, and drama camp during the summers. It's so crazy to look back at my previous choral experience because it truly comes full circle. My first director, Dr. Trivette, is now the director of three of the ensembles I'm currently in. And... the Southwest Virginia Community Choir is the adult version of the children's choir I used to be in. It's so funny how life works out sometimes.
I hope I don't sound like I'm bragging; however, my choral experience is just one way
I could go on and on about my experiences in choirs, but for time's sake, I'll just show you. Here are a few pictures and videos from some of my favorite choir performances! Enjoy!
*Note: I do not own these videos.
Nakeesha (AKA Mrs. Jackson) is the best director ever!
This is a classic example of "I make weird faces when I sing."
Excuse the old cell phone picture (from 2011)... I told you I've been in choir a long time!
See you soon,
Caitlin S. Cornett