Carly May is a fourth-year Aerospace Engineering major from Georgetown, Texas and a Fall 2014 NUGI. Carly has been a highly involved and valued member of LHS since she joined eight semesters ago. Outside of LHS, she is a STEM Outreach Volunteer for the Women and Engineering Program and a member of both Women In Aerospace for Leadership and Development (WIALD) and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). We love you, Carly!
Who are your biggest musical influences?
My biggest musical influences are all of the powerful women who are/were unapologetically themselves Beyonce, Whitney Houston, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, etc.
Do you have any hidden talents?
My hidden talent is that I learned how to yodel right before going to Switzerland, just so that I could say that I had yodeled in the swiss alps.
Does your family have any special traditions?
My family has many traditions, one of my favorites being that every summer we go on a big trip. These trips have taken us to all 50 states, and multiple countries.
What is your favorite Longhorn Singers tradition?
My favorite Longhorn Singers tradition is spending an entire semester loving on the NUGIS. It is such a humbling experience, and incredible refreshing reminder every semester to see new faces that are excited to sing with us. It reminds me why I wanted to be in the group and what its all about.
Belgium-born and Fort Worth-raised, Alessio is a sophomore Music Studies (Choral Emphasis) major and a Fall 2016 NUGI. Alessio cares for people and music deeply, and he's always looking out for the group and keeping us on track. Outside of LHS, he sings in UT's Concert Chorale. We're so thankful for you, Alessio!
What's your favorite musical accomplishment?
By far, this would have to be being accepted into the Butler School of Music here at UT. I actually did not come into UT Austin as a music major a year and a half ago, believe it or not. I was accepted to the university as a Mathematics major because prior to my senior year of high school, I had always believed I would pursue my need to always be learning something new in the STEM world. I knew I had made a big mistake, however, ever since I got my acceptance letter; I just didn't feel at all fulfilled. That led me on the path of pursuing my true passion -- music. I actually auditioned about a year ago, requesting to change my major, and to this day, ever since I was accepted into the program, it has been one of the best things I have ever done.
What's your favorite LHS memory?
My absolute favorite memory of being in Longhorn Singers just has so much to do with how much the group can fulfill me so much as a person involved with music. Last spring, I had a pretty rough semester because I was taking a HUGE course load and it was a really stressful semester in general. But I remember, even in one of the busiest weeks of the semester, show week for our Spring 2017 show, "Hello, Goodbye", I had a moment where I was on stage, dancing with my partner for the song 'Signed, Sealed, Delivered' (Sofia Pina, yeah I'm talkin' about you, haha), and I just forgot about all my worries and looked at her big smile and thought, "Wow, I just absolutely love this group of people and what we stand for." I love being able to just really get into the music in rehearsal, performances, gigs, you name it, because it transports me to a whole new place. And that is something that I will honestly never forget and continue to cherish about this group forever and ever.
Do you have a favorite LHS event or tradition?
Although I don't quite know if this could be considered a 'tradition' at its core, one of my favorite things to do with Longhorn Singers is to sing the Eyes of Texas, UT's school song, especially after our shows. We always end our rehearsals by singing the Eyes of Texas, but what really gets to me is when we have a successful show, and at the very end, we all band together and join to sing about one of the biggest things that brought us all together. Each semester, just by nature, we have people that leave the organization for several reasons, whether it be class conflict, graduation, or anything else, but it is really something special when we are all singing together (tears usually streaming down many people's faces) reflecting on the semester(s) past and how our bonds have grown so strong. Each semester I find myself always looking at at least two or three people after a show, making eye contact with them while singing the Eyes, and I just can't help but be overwhelmed with joy. This is what it means to be in LHS. It truly is a family that will be integrated in my heart and soul for as long as I live.
What is it that you're most proud of right now?
Last semester, as I settled into my new major, still kind of learning the ropes of it all and attempting to just do my best, I ended up attaining a 4.0 GPA! I had honestly not expected this at all, especially since I was concerned about the difficulty of some of my classes. I went through the semester not even thinking about it, because I didn't really believe it was something I could do, but once November came around, I realized I was on track to get the perfect score! Of course, this stressed me out, because it would have been a shame to lose it at that point, but I powered on through and finished all my exams and got an A in all 7 of my classes! Seeing as to how this was the first time in my academic career that I have ever achieved this, I was so ecstatic, and still think back on it and can't help but just be happy and proud. It was a very big accomplishment for me to have earned that 4.0 (definitely boosting my cumulative GPA from previous semesters), but now the challenge is to just keep it up and attempt to turn it into a 4.0 streak, haha!
Lainey is a third-year Public Relations major from Dallas, Texas and a Spring 2016 NUGI. Outside of LHS, she is a student DJ at KVRX, worship leader for Reformed University Fellowship, and member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. Lainey is such a ray of sunshine and always brings joy (and indie bands) to LHS! We love you, Lainey!
Who's on your playlist right now?
I have been listening to BROCKHAMPTON nonstop for the past 2 months. They are the greatest boyband of all time.
Who are your biggest musical influences?
Florence Welch was the first female that I identified with as an artist, but my biggest influence is Julien Baker. The way her music brings people together is something I aspire to do with mine.
What is your favorite LHS memory?
My NUGI party was extremely special, and is still one of my favorite memories of college. We sang the entirety of "Bohemian Rhapsody" in this tiny little living room and it was so magical. I even wrote a song about it that will appear on my upcoming EP.
What is it that your most proud of right now?
I am really proud of my EP. It's been an extremely challenging process, but in the most beautiful way. I am so excited for everyone to hear it!
Welcome to the official Longhorn Singers blog! Here, you can get to know the Singers better, as well as find more information about what we're doing in rehearsals, how the show is coming along, when we are selling tickets, and details about performances each semester! Updates will occur periodically throughout the year, so stay tuned!