By the age of 12 I knew I loved to sing. Luckily for me, the secondary school I was enrolled in had a strong musical culture. After a successful junior school musical production, a junior choir was formed. The next year, this choir became an a cappella choir called 'Stacella Choir' (a of blend of Star of the Sea College and a cappella).
The definition of a cappella is to sing without instrumental accompaniment. There is no safety net of a piano or backing track – just the purity of voice, our first instrument. The power and creativity of the voice can be explored to its fullest range, and the harmonies ring true.
I had some amazing experiences thanks to this choir. We sang at countless school functions, as well as festivals, weddings, funerals and ceremonies. We recorded albums. We even did a tour of New Zealand and performed on national television at the RCH Good Friday Appeal.
In Year 11, my homeroom teacher thought I was wagging as I was rarely in homeroom each morning! I was involved in many activities around the school, but my absence was mainly due to choir practice. And I wouldn’t have had it any other way.
I loved my educational experience, but my fondest memories are of singing and being part of Stacella Choir.
By Lauren Nilsson
Sounds Like This for Kids Presenter and Early Childhood Specialist