"I Will Be Earth" from University of Toledo's Honors Choir
I was one of the eight students from my school to take part in our school's first year of participating in Honors Choir at the University of Toledo in 2012. This was my favorite song to learn. It was challenging and more than that one of the most beautiful songs I have performed and heard in my life. I really enjoyed this piece of music and I am truly honored for being able to perform it with an elite group of students and under the direction of Mrs. Karen S. Nevins, M.A.
"Weep, O Mine Eyes" from University of Toledo's Honors Choir
When I was first introduced to this song I was definitely in awe. I could not fathom how difficult it sounded let alone how difficult it actually was. I had barely been in choir for a year and I was presented with such a hard piece of music that had to be performance ready within the span of about a week. I managed to get this song memorized and performed it well at the performance by working extremely hard at it until it finally clicked. This song was by far the hardest song that I have ever performed. It takes a lot of vocal and breath control and each part is pretty independent from the others. This is a challenging yet beautiful piece of music and I really enjoyed learning and performing it.
"Where Never Lark or Eagle Flew" from Band Class Freshman Year
This is not a freshman friendly piece of music. This has got to be the most difficult piece of music I have ever had to prepare in band class. I was second chair when our two concert bands came together that year behind a senior/section leader of the clarinet section. When the bands were apart during school I was first chair and therefore I had to play the solos. This was definitely a pressure inducing situation. Learning the song was bad enough but I was expected to play the solos during class too. I managed to be able to do both of them faster than most of my peers because of all of the extra hard work that I put into learning this piece of music. To this day it is one of my favorite concert band pieces that I have ever played and listened to.