While I understand that being a section leader gives you absolutely no power on the choir totem poll, it is still a decent amount of responsibility.
That is what I thought when I was assigned to be a quintet leader for our 40 voice piece. What a wonderful idea! Make the freshman the leader!
Yeah I was choir president when I was in high school, but what did I do? Absolutely nothing. It is a good thing that the other members in Chamber are also very talented musicians, because I do not think that I could manage many Taylors...
The mentality of rehearsal in Chamber is much higher than that of the former Chamber group I was a member in during high school. There is not pointless banter, and it really adds to a positive rehearsal atmosphere. The ability the members of the choir have to be able to switch genres at the drop of a hat is amazing. I witnessed this as during rehearsal we went from singing Negro Spirituals to the Bee Gees.
The atmosphere of the Vocal Performance program also seems a lot less competitive than I imagined before coming to the University. I have made some friends, from Jacob to "Tim the Bass." While reconnecting with another vocalist of whom I went to high school with. Everyone, at this point, seems to really care about the growth of each of their peers. I was told that these other vocalists would become my best friends throughout college, and right now I am fine with that. There are some great people between the professors to the students. I can't wait to really get started.