Bells can be heard faintly jingling in the distance as the choir gracefully glides onto the grand stage on Mon. Dec 7th in the Performing Arts Center. They flow and blend together like the clean of a stream, they radiate with a united glow. The choir directors hum along with delight as they engulf themselves in the sweet melodies and harmonies of their students.
Sophomore Samshritha Pochanapeddi has been in choir for two years, and has already established her goals to accomplish when it comes to performing in festive concerts. She wishes only to spread joy to others, especially at a difficult time like this.
“I would like to create a sense of enjoyment and relaxation for the audience, in which they can just unwind and be immersed in the music,” said Pochanapeddi.
Whenever it comes to music, the choir puts their blood, sweat, and tears into the learning process. All of their effort will soon pay off at the finish line with their smiles shining brightly. Even with all of the infuriating obstacles that get in the way, keeping a calm and open mindset is the only solution that they could possibly need.
“It takes a lot of practice to learn the music. There will be frustrating obstacles along the way, but by being dedicated and doing your due diligence by practicing, the path becomes easier,” said Pochanapeddi.
Being physically present in the rehearsal room is what fuels their determination and enthusiasm to progress through their learning process, but now the situation has switched up completely. With a worldwide pandemic roaming around, these singers definitely face some major challenges that heavily complicate that certain learning process that they have been used to their entire musical careers. Luckily, the students are so dedicated that they are always ready to problem solve at any given moment.
“There are many problems and difficulties when learning music online. For instance, there isn’t really a good way to know if you are singing wrong because KVA students mute their microphones most of the time. Plus, it’s harder for the teacher to evaluate because the audio recording may not come well, due to a lack of proper equipment,” said Pochanapeddi. “However,these situations weren’t very hard to fix. All I really had to do to solve all of my problems was to simply adjust. Right after I brought better headphones and resorted to singing in a setting best for my voice, I felt more comfortable and it was much easier to learn the songs.”
Despite the reluctant stress and worry COVID-19 might bring to the choir, they are still beyond thrilled to give back some joy to the community, showing others that they can still be happy in the darkest of times while following all of the health regulations that are necessary to keep the members and audience as safe as possible. Although the KVA students are not participating in the concert, they lift the spirits of the members from home. It all comes down to sharing their talent with the world, one of the choir’s biggest goals.
“I’m not only extremely excited to sing my best, but I’m also looking forward to showcasing everyone’s musical talent to the audience. I’m really going to enjoy seeing all of our hard work paying off,” said Pochanapeddi.