Greetings from Michael Gonzalez
Being a freshman at one of the most respected music conservatories brings with it a great deal of pressure. I am very fortunate to have the opportunity not only to study at NEC, but also to be a part of the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. There’s nothing more exhilarating than a group of musicians making music together. This tour, especially with so many performances in just a few days, will expose us to the pressures of traveling and performing. You have to pace yourself, stay healthy, keep up your stamina and take care of your instrument. This is something that goes hand in hand with a singer’s career.
Preparation for performances at this level takes much more effort. After just one semester at NEC, I can honestly say this is the most beautiful music I have ever had the pleasure of learning. I have all the choral repertoire we have performed (or most) on my computer and I play it daily. I especially enjoy the Rachmaninoff All-Night Vigil we performed last October. It is so stunning and I’m sure my choir mates would agree. Not to be outdone, the music we’ll be performing on this tour is equally breathtaking.
I’m looking forward to presenting our audience members (including my mom and dad!) a great choral experience. As a young musician, I tend to take opportunities for granted, but, NEC’s Chamber Singers have opened up a whole new outlook for me. I can’t believe that as a freshman I will be traveling with some of the best performers I know, and share such beautiful music.
Being a part of this chorus allows you to be musical with other people who share your same goal; to make beautiful music. The NEC Chamber Singers do that in every rehearsal. It is because of this that I always start my day with a smile.
I hope to see you somewhere down the road!