New Haven High School choir students eagerly prepare for the upcoming Conference Choir in February of 2018. The whole choir is being taught the songs that will be used for conference, but only a select few were chosen to participate in the Conference Choir.
Kamryn Poe, a soprano in the New Haven choir, was asked how she felt before, during, and after her audition for conference choir. She responded with:
“Before my audition, I was very anxious. I didn’t try out last year so that made me nervous. After the audition, of course I had my doubts, but overall I was confident that I did my best. I didn’t really think about it as I did it. I focused on just singing my best.”
She was then asked if she had any past experiences with similar events to this. She answered, “Personally, the only nerves I can compare are the nerves I got when I tried out for district choir my freshman and sophomore years. I got anxious before I performed, but felt better afterward.”
Miranda Durbin, an alto in the choir, was asked similar questions. One of Miranda’s questions was how is she preparing for the upcoming event and does she think she has improved.
Her response was: “[I] prepare during class, and fortunately, the entire choir is [also] learning the songs, so it’s a lot easier to get some practice in without being singled out. I personally think that I have improved not only on these particular songs, but as a singer altogether.”
Another student that was questioned was Russell Pinnell, a base in the choir. His first question was how did he feel before, during, and after his audition. Russell responded with:
“[Before the audition,] I was pretty relaxed and just talking to friends. [During the audition,] I was a little nervous because I didn’t want to mess up. [Afterwards,] I was anxious to see if I got in the choir.”
According to the students, everyone tries hard and takes this very seriously. The New Haven choir is getting ready for the big day to come-- one note at a time!