Interviewing First Ever Juarez-Lincoln Choir All State Member

Q1. What does music mean to you?
A.As cliche as it may sound, it’s proven to be my escape at the hardest of times. I just feel like it incorporated everything I needed to hear or feel at a certain moment, but most importantly helped me understand things that I might’ve not understood before.

Q2. What work went into preparation for the All State competition?
A. A lot more than people could ever possibly imagine. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not impossible … but a lot of it was more metal that it was physical. Just training yourself to never give up and allowing yourself to always grow as a musician, regardless if the meant practicing your music night and day and didn’t get the results you might have wanted. You can never allow yourself to stop growing. It’s simply training yourself to have the work ethic and determination that is demanded in this competition. It’s not just “singing,” … it’s vowels, it’s tone, it’s pitches, it’s precision and so much more.

Q3. What emotions did you feel when you learned you made the All State mixed choir? Did you expect it?
A. After 4 years of trying, you could definitely say I felt happy. The only thing I could think about was finally earning my patch and getting my name to be the first to be engraved on the “JLHS All Staters” plaque.
As for expecting it … I was neither surprised nor expecting it. In a competition like this, when you’re in the last round, you’re surrounded by top musicians from each region. You are not aware of how skilled they are, but the only thing you know is that they are good, so you just hope for the best and wait to see if the judges thought of your audition as one of the best ones.

Q4. Who and what were some of your motivations that pushed you to do your best?
A.My motivations and motivators were those who inspired me to become a better person throughout this process. Who taught me more than just music, and assured me that even if I didn’t make it, so long as I had grown, it would be okay. And that’s something I will always take with me and share with the next person.

Q5. Do you think that the region you grew up with influenced you in any way negatively or positively? Being from the valley and not being expected to do much.
A.Definitely. I am proud of the school I am from and I am not ashamed of it. And to be honest, it’s not so hidden what other districts say about our district. But I refuse to believe anything they say. Doing this process inspired me to want to become a teacher. Not only that but it’s pushed me to want to come back to this very District and give it the chance that no other people want to give.
As for coming from the valley …. I grew up in a Hispanic community that fights every single day for their beliefs and wants. I am no different. I believe I can achieve what anyone else in this country can, from the smallest to the largest.

Q6. Is there anything you would like to tell the rest of your peers?
A. It’s just an experience worth going through. Choir is amazing, so long as you give it the chance. And well, music is everything to me.

~Pricilla Valencia

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