by Lindsay B., Friendswood Junior High student
Being a choir member might make me a little biased, but my favorite
part of the convention was hearing the Strack Intermediate Choir sing.
The tone and blend of their voices were amazing, and I would have been
happy to sit there and listen to them sing for a long time.
choir warmed up, we talked to two of the choir members, Jenna and Bevin.
Both girls are eighth graders in show choir, and Jenna is the president of
the eighth-grade choir. We asked them how their choir had made their
sound so amazing, and they attributed it to a variety of reasons. One
factor is lots of practice. Also, they have choir every day, and the
show choir, called Sensations, meets before school every Tuesday and
Friday. While they have only been in the school choir for two or three
years, Bevin's been singing since she was four years
old. Jenna said they practice on their own as well. I'm amazed—they
are really dedicated to their choir. I thought I practiced a lot, but I've
probably never sung for more than an hour a day on average, and they each sing
for at least ten hours every week!
The most important thing to their sound,
though, has nothing to do with music. It has more to do with living in harmony.
Bevin told us that when the girls aren't
all getting along, they can get way out of tune. Both girls agreed that the
choir members have to take corrections and suggestions from other members
in an agreeable way, or their sound will fall apart. This is a new idea to
me, but it makes sense, and I think it probably applies to every choir. I
might even suggest this idea in my own choir. We have a tendency to get gripey
with one another at times, and if we really try to stop, our singing will
probably improve too.
I'm very glad I got to hear the Strack Intermediate
Choir. It was a real treat, and I learned that living in harmony and singing
in harmony go hand in hand.