I have an extensive background in cello, so when I decided to switch my primary instrument to voice the adjustment was weird, to say the least. I am a junior and I am still adjusting to it, which is fine as I had 9 years of cello education. Learning the proper technique for healthy singing has been a long journey and not a very simple one. I was used to physically playing an instrument, another being, but now I am that being.
The Illinois String Academy (ISA) provides a musically enriching experience for young students that is coordinated by the School of Music. I saw the opportunity to be a cello intern for ISA and applied immediately knowing that this would give me a chance to keep practicing the cello. We had our first curriculum meeting and it never really occurred to me how I might be the only intern who doesn’t study their instrument here at the university, until that morning. It was a bit intimidating to know that, but I told myself that this internship was granted to me after the directors and coordinators looked over my resume and qualifications; that I shouldn’t stress about it.