Music was and still is a big part of my life. When I was growing up, I was involved in everything choir-related. My siblings also had performances at school and theatre. It was always fun going to Christmas shows.
I was in chorus all four years of high school. Christmas concerts were fun times. For one of our chorus traditions, our choral program all sang “Carol the Bells.” I kid you not, I have sung every voice part except the bass part for four years. On the Christmas concert of my senior year, my choir sang “A Haitian Noel” in Haitian Creole. My parents helped with the pronunciation and so did I. It was the one and only time my dad was able to come to my choral concert and he enjoyed himself.
Since middle school till high school, I was involved in a local choir called, The Gwinnett Young Singers. The best memories I had was singing with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Choir and Morehouse Glee Club at the Woodruff Arts Center. Being in Atlanta during Christmas was fun and exciting. I learned to sit still with a full orchestra and not flinch. It was a once an a lifetime opportunity and I savored those moments.
For my siblings, my favorite Christmas performance of theirs was “A Charlie Brown’s Christmas” at a local theatre. My sister was Peppermint Patty and my brother was Shermy. This was where they were in grade school but it was SOOO cute.
The musical memories are endless but I always remember and savor those Christmas productions.