To me choir has been more than just a pastime, it is a family, a support system. 2016 was a year of change for me. I was 22, going on 23 and had just finished college. I had never even been to Texas before, I had never even been west of New York, but I had gotten a job offer in Fort Worth, so I decided to pick up my life and move down south to start my new career. I decided to go to my local Catholic church and try to get involved and meet people. I went up to one of the choir members and started talking to her and the choir director. What attracted me was the positive energy that I felt from them and I knew that I wanted to be a part of this group. I went to the next choir rehearsal and was welcomed with open arms. I have been hooked on the 12:30 Choir ever since. Even with my crazy work schedule, the choir somehow has tolerated me thus far.
About a year and a half later, I have grown as a person and a singer. When I am nervous, tense, or haven’t warmed up enough, you can hear it in my singing. When I am able to relax and just have fun, I sang better. The choir director dubbed this the “fun voice”. I have learned to channel the “fun voice” with the choir’s help.
The one thing I knew when I moved to Fort Worth was that I wanted to be a part of a church choir, what I wasn’t expecting was for a group a people who would become my first friends in Fort Worth.