Recently I had the opportunity to interview a 2017-2018 National FFA Chorus member, Lindsey Fletcher. A Little bit about Lindsey is she is a Junior at Watauga High School in North Carolina. She has competed in quiz bowl and Livestock judging. During her time in the chorus, she performed as soprano one. You could check her out during her group solo during “Roads Less Traveled.” A fun fact about her is she named her FFA jacket Erma Harley. Lindsey is an incredible student and devoted FFA member. After contacting her I was able to ask her some questions about her life-changing experience in the National FFA Chorus. Here are her responses.
What did the average day look like?
Before national convention, we would wake up around 6am and get ready for practice at 8. At practice, we would practice for 3 hours and be only allowed to drink water. After a long practice, we would have a break for 2 hours to get lunch and relax for a few minutes. Then we would practice from about 5pm to 10pm and then have a curfew at 12.
During convention was a little different though. We would get ready around 4am and start practicing at 6am to prepare for sessions. We would practice till they started and get breaks here and there. Once the sessions started we were allowed to get lunch but were mainly stuck at the stadium.
What were your first impressions of the chorus?
The chorus was intimidating, everyone was just so amazing. It was the first time I was in a room full of people who had the same passion for music as I do. I didn’t know if they would judge me or not like me, but after we started it was like a little family.
What did it feel like standing on the stage singing?
Standing on stage made me feel at home. Seeing all the FFA members enjoy the song and dance with us it was amazing. I just felt like this is where I needed to be.
What is your favorite memory?
Meeting all the FFA members, and definitely hearing their FFA story. It brought me out of my shell and made me more confident because people looked up to me and I connected to them. It was nice to inspire people
What was something you learned?
Stage presence is a huge thing when it comes to performing on a stage. While you may be having the time of your life not everyone might know that. You have to show people you’re having a great time, this means the audience will enjoy it more.
What advice would you give to someone trying out or thinking about trying out for the National chorus?
Stay confident in yourself. Don’t let the thought of people being better than you get you down. It’s not just being a good singer it’s being a good person and showing that in your audition.
What would you do differently if you could do it all over?
It was such a wonderful experience I wouldn’t change anything other than hopefully a longer lunch. I would have spent more time getting to know more people in the chorus.
I hope if you are interested in auditioning for the National Chorus this has helped you in choosing your endeavor. I can’t wait to see all of the inspiring students next year once again on the stage.
-Lindsey Fletcher, National FFA Chorus member
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