Read how Longhorn Singers impacted these 2016-2017 NUGIs amidst a new city, tougher classes, and adjusting to life on the Forty Acres.
Hometown: Amarillo, Texas
Major: History and RTF
From my first minutes alone on campus, I was afraid - afraid of being alone, afraid of making new friends, afraid of my classes, afraid of rejection. To be honest, if I had thought about it long enough I would have been too afraid to audition for the Longhorn Singers. I hadn't yet fully moved into my dorm, much less mapped a route to the Butler School of Music, before I found myself in a room with the execs doing my best to act like this show choir wasn't the only student org I was hoping to join (it was). My singing was less-than-perfect, and my dancing was less than less-than-perfect, but the Longhorn Singers saw that I belonged in their family, and today I can't imagine what freshman year would have turned out to be if I had decided to unpack boxes instead of auditioning. Before the first week had ended, I went from being completely isolated to having 35 individual lifelines. Every member showered me with love and support, and sometimes ice cream, offering the type of companionship that I expected would take years to find on a campus as big as UT's. The best part is that the love didn't stop after I became a seasoned member- in fact, I would say that my bond with LHS has only grown. We take care of one another, literally; my mom would be so glad to know that any of these people would make me hot soup if I caught a cold. They continue to appreciate me DESPITE my dancing, and because of them I have learned what true empathy, leadership, and kindness look like, as well as how to execute a Pas de Bouree. LHS gives me the grounds to thrive, and I can proudly say that because of them, I am no longer afraid.
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
When I think of the time I've spent in Longhorn Singers I think of all the abundant support and love my friends have shown me. I also think of how much personal growth as both a person and a musician I can attribute to these fellow singers. Just being around all of these talented musicians and hearing them sing has drastically improved my musical abilities and knowledge. Similarly, spending time with a group of reliable, upstanding people has improved my character and made me a better person overall.
Hometown: McAllen, Texas
Coming to college, I knew that singing was my passion and I had to continue it. As I walked through what seemed like miles of tables during orientation, determined to find something to fulfill my need to sing, I was immediately greeted with friendly faces: the Longhorn Singers. Little did I know that these were going to be some of my closest friends, people who shaped my college experience to be full of love and joy. Being a part of the Longhorn Singers is nothing like high school choir: everyone is welcoming and loving. It is truly like family. The music is the passion that drives us, but each and every member of the group is the reason this group is like no other. There are all sorts of different people from every college at UT, and we are all busy, yet we all take time out of our schedules to make those 6 hours a week work because they are so worth it. Honestly, if anything, Longhorn Singers is like a stress reliever from classes and work. If I had to do my college experience all over again, I would change a lot of things, but I would never change the fact that I missed the Class of 2020 pictures to go to callbacks.
Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas
Major: Math and Music
LHS is such a wonderful ensemble to be a part of, especially freshman year. It has been an absolute blast to have it basically shape my entire year! With that said, it is true that LHS is a very big time commitment, but is still entirely doable! It takes some skills in time management, but it is for sure worth the 'trouble' of advanced planning. The best part about it all, though, is that since LHS is so time intensive, you really get to experience a beautiful bonding that is like no other.
The types of friendships and relationships that form in the process of being in this amazing group are truly genuine and so loving. It truly is a family. That is such a cliche thing to say, and everybody says it, but I mean it. Sometimes, you get so sick and tired of this and that because someone is doing so and so, but it always always always breaks down to the love that you have for the people around you, like a real family (just with a WHOLE lot of siblings). I am happy to say that I will be re-auditioning in the fall and am so excited to see what new faces will show themselves so I can continue the legacy that I have now been brought into!!
Hometown: Rowlett, Texas
Longhorn Singers has been my favorite part of freshman year, hands down! I joined in the spring semester and from the very first day I was in the group, I knew that this group was something so special. I really thought I was going to have trouble adjusting and balancing rehearsal times and gigs while also ensuring enough time for school work and studying, but coming to rehearsal was always an incredible way to relieve the pressure of academics and just focus on doing what I love with people that I love! It still blows my mind how fast I grew such strong relationships with each and every person in the group, and I can tell that these friendships are gonna be lifelong. Compared to singing in high school, I always felt a sense of competition with everything, but joining Longhorn Singers really changed the way I saw choir. Now, I feel like I can just submerge myself into the group and into the music without having to worry about what everyone thinks, and each person supports me through it all! Investing time into this group is something I will never regret, because what I'm getting out of it it SO incredibly rewarding. Not only have I found a talented group of musicians that I can make music with, but I've found a huge source of happiness, support, love, and compassion. If I was given the chance to, I'd definitely want to stay in this group WAAAAY longer than just 4 years of college. These people and this organization are my home away from home and I never thought I'd find something so special in my life.
Hometown: Katy, Texas
Major: Nutrition and Biochemistry, Pre-Med
Joining Longhorn Singers was a decision I made against many of my personal beliefs. I had never sang in a choir before, I wasn't particularly outgoing in fine arts extracurriculars, and I'm not one to devote much time to things outside of my coursework and major. As a pre-med student, it was hard to justify to myself why I should join something like a show choir, and I had fears that I wouldn't be able to make the grades I want with my free time going to *not studying*. Despite all of this, joining LHS has been one of the greatest decisions of my college career. Singers has granted me an outlet from a difficult school life that has enabled me to not only do something I've come to love (singing), but has brought a number of wonderful people into my life that I can safely call my family.
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!