Many have asked what it is like to be a voice major at Holmes. Some think all it takes is to just sing, well I can assure you it is more than just that.

I began singing at the age of 5 in the church. Church singing is much different than choral singing. In church, you can holler, sing the wrong notes and breathe the wrong way. Choral music is much more formal and distinguished.

My first voice lesson was when I was 12 years old. I made up my mind I wanted to be an opera singer. I thought all I had to do was sing, but I was wrong. I had to learn breathing techniques, foreign literature, how to play the piano, how to read music and so much more. My voice is my instrument and my teachers taught me I had to treat it delicately.

When I came back to school, Mr. Benny Edwards was the choral director. I did not care for him at first but as months passed by we grew into a relationship. I trusted him with my voice to train it and mature it. Over the three-year span, he has taught me I have grown vocally and I owe a great deal to him. He will not be returning in the next semester but I will cherish and remember every lesson he has taught me not only in music but in life. Being a voice major at Holmes has been the best years of my life.

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