MEMBERS OF THE BACH FESTIVAL CHOIR
Member since: 2016
Hometown: Orlando, FL
Currently lives in: Orlando, FL
Education: BA in Music (graduating Rollins in May)
Occupation: student, vocalist
Hobbies: Sight reading, arranging, learning guitar and bass.
From a musical family.
My dad is from Brazil, and plays guitar. He was the first professional musician in my family, but everyone played music. My mom was a singer, and my grandpa and his dad were also musicians. There’s a long legacy of music there. Hearing my dad rehearse and growing up listening to Brazilian music in the house—that did a lot to foster mine and my brother’s love for music.
My first year in Bach Festival Choir.
I had friends that already sang in the choir, so it didn’t feel any different than any other choir in that way, but I immediately noticed a difference in the sound. When you’re in high school choir, you have a sound where basses aren’t developed. In college, some voices are very trained, but it’s still a young sound. When you have a choir of people from ages 18 to 60s, 70s, and 80s, it gives that choral sound a whole new quality – so many tones, like aged wine. It’s a mature sound.
Rehearsals are intense. Very intense. The Society puts on a ridiculous amount of masterworks every year. We don’t have a second to spare… it’s go-go-go. We only have so many rehearsals and until we have to perform it for real, so we practice outside rehearsals. Sometimes it can be stressful and intense, but it’s worth it in the end, because he music is absolutely beautiful.
Most challenging work you’ve performed with Bach Festival Choir?
Bach Cantata No. 80. I’m used to being good at sight reading, but reading Bach is a whole other animal. It was terrifying. Modern music is very monophonic. But Bach has no mercy on the singers – it doesn’t feel natural when you’re reading a part on your own. You have to work really hard and then it all comes together.