Just because summer is here doesn’t mean that CCSA singers are idle. Summertime includes performance opportunities for many of our choristers. From mentoring new members at Demo Days (July 30 at Alamo Heights United Methodist Church and August 6 at Concordia Lutheran) to appearing on Where’s Cleto to performing at solo events, there is something to keep everyone busy throughout the hottest part of the year.
This summer Jenna Takach performed the National Anthem for the Whataburger #1102 ribbon cutting at their newest store in San Antonio. As a representative of the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio, Jenna’s performance is just one example of how our singers give back and work in our community. Darian Thomas, Marketing and Social Media Associate, found a few moments to ask Jenna some questions about her experience with CCSA.
Jenna Takach: When I first walked into my first CCSA rehearsal at seven years old, I had no idea that it would become such an important part of my life. I had always been singing for fun, but my mom and I decided that it would be a good idea to enroll me in a choir. That decision has been the one that has shaped my life for the past eight years.
DT: How do you feel that singing in CCSA has helped you as a student? As a creative person?
JT: Being in the choir has helped with my organization and time-management skills by learning how to carve out time to practice the music amongst my other commitments. It has also helped me to improve my attention and focus on the stage, as well as taught me how to appreciate all the factors that go in to creating performance.
Thanks to CCSA, I am now less shy about my talent and unafraid to share my voice with the world. I have been provided with opportunities to perform in so many different productions, and I cannot thank CCSA enough for all they have sacrificed to make sure that we always have the best show possible.
DT: What is your favorite memory from CCSA?
JT: …my experience in the choir has been about so much more than rehearsals and performances. I have found some of the best relationships amongst my peers and instructors in CCSA. I have met my closest friends through the choir, and these friendships have lasted nearly all my years in the organization. Some of my fondest memories are of my friends and I laughing and smiling after the shows, reflecting on what songs went smoothly and what songs didn’t go so well…
DT: How long have you been singing with CCSA?
JT: My eight years in CCSA have been some of the best eight years of my life. I have sung in beautifully unique productions, improved my performance skills, and found friendships that I am confident will last a lifetime. As every organization, the choir has had some difficult moments, the smiles and laughter have always been more abundant than the hard times. I do not have the words to express my gratitude for the joy, skills, and friendship that CCSA has provided for me for the past eight years.
Jenna is a member of CCSA’s Youth Academy Touring ensemble, and has performed with Children’s Chorus of San Antonio beginning at age 8 in Prelude Choir. She is a freshman in high school, and will perform with other CCSA singers in OPERA San Antonio’s production of Carmen in October 2016.