Wow, I just realized that I haven’t written a blog in a week and a half. . . the time must be passing quicker than I realize! Although I am content with my schedule this semester, the fact that 80% of it is music classes can be sort of overwhelming sometimes. Allow me illustrate.
Besides my one General Education class (Math) and my Spanish-American Civilization class, I have two music history classes – I’m not sure yet if this is an entirely crazy idea or just a good challenge. Only looking at that, four traditional classes sounds like not too bad of a semester, right? I’ve always had my voice lessons and a couple of ensembles added to the mix, so I thought that wouldn’t be too bad to handle. This semester, though, is much more involved than usual, which sort of came as a surprise, though I should have known this was coming.
So, as a music major concentrating in vocal performance, as well as just a passionate musician, I tend to give a hearty “sure!” to every opportunity to sing. I think this semester I may have reached (though not exceeded yet, I hope) my maximum capacity for the amount of music I can take in at a time. First, I am part of Choraleers and Chamber Singers, so we have many new pieces that we are all working diligently on, but I also have several extra pieces to learn because of my absence last semester. This is a good amount of music. . . but wait, there’s more! I am also part of the opera workshop, so I am learning selections from three different Mozart operas, I am preparing five pieces for a vocal competition two weeks from tomorrow, and to top everything off, my junior recital is five weeks away.
Sorry to bore you with my list (or complaining), but goodness, it just goes to show you how quickly you can get busy at Erskine! Granted, this is the area that I choose to spend most of my time and energy in because I enjoy it and I am (God willing!) going to graduate with a degree in music next year. Somehow it is mildly amusing to me when I think about how excited I was to get back into music, after being away for a semester, because even though I knew I would be very busy as usual, I still did not realize that I would be this busy. But, I can’t complain too much, because I chose it all; regardless of how overwhelmed I feel at the end of some days, I know that when it comes down to it, I am going to enjoy it all and not regret any of it.
Oh, and by the way, if you like music events and want to see some of these wonderful concerts, recitals, opera performances, or other exciting music events, check out http://www.erskine.edu/academics/music/events.shtml – there are lots of great things going on in the department this semester!