I thought it would be nice to concentrate on my daughter this week. Autry is still going strong at the Orange County High School of the Arts. She is finishing up her first year in Classical Voice, and I am so proud of her.
This week Autry had her juries to see how far she has come this year. She was nervous about this, but I wasn’t at all. (She is honestly a wonderful singer, and she has matured so much vocally over the past nine months that I was just not worried.) Anyway I picked her up at school after her jury, and she had the biggest smile on her face. Her teacher and the director of classical voice gave her very positive feedback, and Autry was so darn happy. They told her she was born to be a singer, and I couldn’t agree more!
So now that juries are over, she is practicing for her next concert and a Bach competition, both of which are in the first week of May. She has four songs that she will be singing between the concert and the competition, so she is working hard on those songs. She will be singing 3 solos and 1 quartet, and she is having a good time working on all the songs. I like the classical voice program at OCHSA because the kids are always working on songs for a concert. It is important for the kids to have opportunities to perform what they are learning. I think it motivates them.
I wish I had a video of the song she sang at juries, but I don’t. Instead here is a short video of Autry and her friend at school singing Yonder Come Day. It is one of my favorite songs.
OCHSA is a great school not only because of the art programs, but also because of the academics. One of the strengths of the school is that most of the teachers are aware that they are working with creative kids who learn in different ways, and the teachers allow for the students differences and strengths. For instance Autry had a math assignment where she had to design a mall using a scale drawing. The purpose of the assignment was to get the kids working in scale and to have them practice their geometry skills. Autry had so much fun with this project because she got to be creative and along the way she learned a good deal.
Here is the assignment:
Also this week we have all been on a Pottermore kick. Getting sorted was the best thing about the site, and we all couldn’t wait to see what house we got into. It seems that no one was happy with their placement. Tru and Decca were placed in Hufflepuff (Tru couldn’t believe it), and Autry and I in Gryffindor (Autry wanted Ravenclaw). Ah well, at least no one got placed in Slytherin, although I think they would have all been much happier if they were.
And that is our week in review.