By: Fey Falodun (Senn Junior)
Senn Arts vocalists had their first performance showcase since the start of the pandemic. “Emerging,” directed by Trevor Nicholas, took place in Senn Hall on March 3.
The crew and musicians spent weeks preparing this show, which allowed the Senn Arts students to share their music with a large audience. It was called “Emerging” to symbolize coming out of our caves after being burned out from all the virtual things from isolation. They even showed a video performance they made during isolation.
Trevor Nicholas and a few performers shared how they felt about the performance.
Nicholas said, “It felt like a wonderful time as students were celebrated by their peers, family members, and community members. I think they sang well and it was a time for us to remember what it’s like to be on stage and what it’s like to communicate with others through our form. I am super proud of all of them.”
Student Abby Rades said, “I feel like the performance went very well, especially for it being our first time back since COVID, and I’m so proud of all of the growth that my ensemble has achieved. It took a lot for us to get to where we are now and even though there were definitely things we could’ve done better, it just leaves more room for growth for the future. For right now I am very happy with what we accomplished and the positivity, and I hope we were able to spread through our music.”
Litzy Villalobos, a vocalist in Advanced Mixed Chorus 3, felt very good about the performance.
She said, “When we first started practicing for the performance, I was definitely reallynervous because we hadn’t been on stage in over a year. But we’re all very supportive of each other, and we’ve gotten pretty comfortable around each other, so messing up was a little scary. We just went for it and tried our best. I think everyone performed very well, and it’s a really fun experience being able to work together and put a show together and perform it and I’m excited for our next concert.”
Danielle Blaquera, a soloist who performed “Part of Your World” by Jodi Benson, said, “I was nervous at first. But when I got on stage, I realized it wasn’t too bad.”
Aaliyah Gregorio, a vocalist, said, “I think the performance went really well. I had a lot of fun singing with my ensemble, and I had some friends show up and support me.”
The entire ensemble sang “Brother” by The Brilliance.
“It was a message everyone needed to hear right now, and we wanted to share our beliefs with the audience,” vocalist Ylanna Barajas said.
At the end of the concert, the performers and director thanked Whole Foods for donating tulips to put on stage.
Senn Music is back to doing what they do best, performing live in front of a captivated audience.