Monday, September 16, 2019

Choir Girl

I know I have made a lot of posts about Valerie and band lately.  It really has been all consuming for all of us!   Meanwhile, running parallel to all the band activities, Veronica has been all about choir.  If you've been here a while, you may remember how she made All-State Honor Choir last year.  It was a big deal, as she had only been in choir for two months!  To have the guts to audition and then to make All-State at only 11 years old was a huge accomplishment for her.  Back in June, during summer break, Veronica decided to check out the All-State website and found the audition info for this year.  The song was "Circa Mea" by Mark Burrows.  She then went to YouTube to find it.  She found many recordings and began practicing all on her own.  All summer long.  Once I found out she was working on it, I searched around and found the sheet music online.  Then I began playing the YouTube videos all the time: 

We had some questions about the correct Latin pronunciations, but by the time school started in August, we both knew the alto melody.  It was a few weeks in before they began preparing for the audition at school, but Roni already knew her part.   September 6th was audition day.  It's a recorded audition that the director sends in, so it's much easier than having to sing alone in front of people judging you!!  She was still so nervous, shaking nervous she said.  I know it was hard for her.  She has terrible anxiety.  But she did her best...  and we waited and waited.  Results take a while because they listen to all the recordings sent in.  She was on pins and needles all week waiting to find out if she made All-State again, stalking the website hoping the results would be posted early...

....and last night they were!


Took me a moment, but there under youth mixed was my girl's initials.  She is one of two from her school that made it. 

Needless to say, Veronica is SUPER excited!!!   I'm so proud of her.  She worked so hard for this.  Now we get to go on a second All-State Honor Choir in New Orleans adventure this November.  It also means this mamma will miss Louisiana Showcase of Marching Bands, the biggest marching festival of the year.  It is the same weekend.  Sigh.  You'd think these things would be coordinated a bit better!  Oh well.  Clint will travel West with the Band Kid and I will travel East with the Choir Girl! 


  1. Congrats to your daughter!! A job well done! I agree, there should be better coordination with events so that parents can be physically present at their children's performances, etc. What would a single parent do whose spouse was deployed or whose spouse died or who was raising the children alone?

    Exciting times though for your family! Enjoy!


  2. Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!
    What an honor!!!!!

  3. That's wonderful news! And even more special cause she was incredibly nervous, but did the audition anyway. This is such an honor.

    ~Sheri was good to hear you bake goodies all the time. Your kitchen must smell with all the wonderful scents of baking.

  4. Congratulations to your daughter!

  5. Congrats! I am so proud of Ronnie. She's amazing!

  6. That is SO darn wonderful. Kuddos to her for being brave enough to try and then mastering the song, which is beautiful!! It's gonna be a busy year for you all.

  7. WOW! Way to go and congrats! Great news just sorry everything happens on the same weekend.