When You Realize That Music Completes You
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When You Realize That Music Completes You

After reevaluating my extra-curriculars, I felt like something was missing, something that makes me feel complete.

When You Realize That Music Completes You
Peyton Carrington

As the second semester of freshman year starts getting into the swing of things, I can't help but feel that something is missing, something that's been a part of me for a while.

In sixth grade, I joined my first real choir (as opposed to singing in church). I loved singing, and I even remember getting a solo or two, but the class was more like a glee club, and we didn't actually learn much about music, we just learned songs.

My eighth-grade year, however, our school got a new chorus teacher, Mrs. Shuler. Once I heard the class was being taught by someone new, I didn't hesitate to request it on my schedule. My eighth-grade chorus class was where I discovered my love for choir.

Mrs. Shuler was a great chorus teacher and taught us about harmonies, melodies, voice parts, and reading music to name a few. I had never known that so much went into singing. I remember singing the song, "Only Hope" by Mandy Moore and feeling like I had found my place in the world.

I was also given the chance to perform in the all-county choir, where I rehearsed more difficult music with other schools across the county and gave a large performance. Better yet, Mrs. Shuler gave me opportunities to sing the national anthem at school basketball games and high school football games. I am so lucky that Mrs. Shuler introduced me to a more professional choir.

Going into high school, I also got lucky in that I had a fabulous chorus teacher, Mrs. Turner. She saw potential in me and took me under her wing to hone my sight reading skills. She was always there for me when I needed help or advice, and she inspired me to be a better singer and choir member. The only downside to her class was that there was only a handful of us who actually sung, whereas the rest wanted an easy A.

Because I had such great choir experiences in middle school and freshman year of high school, I was excited to audition for the high school's choir I was transferring to for sophomore year. I was placed in the intermediate choir, which was an all-women's ensemble. It was great at first until the claws started to come out.

I also hadn't realized how spoiled I had been with my previous choir teachers, and my new one didn't measure up. The class was supposed to be all intermediate-level choir students, but it ended up being that half of the students in my class had never taken chorus before.

The class was fine, and I had the chance to participate in all-state chorus again, but I didn't find it anywhere near as enjoyable as my previous choir experiences, so I didn't jump at the opportunity to join choir my first semester of college.

As I have started to settle into school, however, I realize that choir might be more a part of me than I realized. I can't explain it, but being a part of something bigger than yourself is exciting but also humbling. I am in no way an amazing singer. I can stay on pitch and carry a tune, but there are so many other people way more talented than I, and they inspire me to improve myself.

I hope that if any other students have a calling toward music, they take it. Music is therapeutic in so many ways and helps us relate to others, not to mention that it's also the universal language.

I don't know what my musical future holds, but I know that some choir would benefit from my talents, even though I need chorus more than chorus needs me.

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