The schedule below was precise indeed, but now I can give yall better details of my TMEA experience!
It was encouraging open the door to room 1819 of the San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk Hotel and discover Alexis, a friendly Alto 2 I’d met at a previous audition. I was happy to be roommates with someone I'd had a few conversations with before. My other two roommates were Summer, a girl I ran into at a previous audition, and Courtney, a girl I met in our hotel room 11:45 P.M. that Wednesday night. These roommates were all so sweet and welcoming, and the four of us got along well. Since Alexis and I sang in the same section, we were around each other more often than with Summer and Courtney, so we really got to know each other in 4 short days.
We had 7 very long rehearsals to attend in preparation for Saturday's concert. As I expected, our incredible clinician Lynne Gackle knew how to keep us focused by giving us short breaks, allowing us to sit sometimes, and stand others. Before one of the rehearsals, I decided to approach and meet her. She was just as sweet face to face as she was face to many faces.
Of the 7 songs we performed, 2 composers, an editor, and 2 arrangers of their songs came to work with us. So, 5/7 of these people we actually got to see in action, which made it even more thrilling to sing at the concert, knowing we were singing to those who contibuted to writing our pieces. Paul Basler, the composer of Alleluia, was one of the composers who not only worked with us, but also played his horn when we sang Alleluia in our concert! Before the concert, I got in line to meet him. He was a very sweet man, and in fact, signed my copy of his song!
The concert was a cool experience. Finally putting together everything we'd worked on for so many hours felt good. I thought it was neat to walk off the stage after performing to receive a handshake from our pianist Jay Whatley, a hug from Lynne Gackle, an all-state letter jacket patch from...someone I don't remember, and Hershey's Kisses in honor of Valentine’s Day from the Alto 2 section leader. It was also lovely to see Erin
and her mother at my concert, as well as dine with all the Perkins minus him
at Alamo Cafe afterwards.
The 2009 Texas All-State Women's Choir is an adventure I hope never to forget. Even if I don't get the opportunity to attend All-State next year, I absolutely adored the experience I got this year. Thank yall for being so supportive of my goals!
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