Travis is a senior Choral Studies major from Portland, Texas and a Fall 2015 NUGI. He serves as Assistant Music Director this year and leads LHS so well. We are so thankful for your talent, patience, and leadership, Travis!
What is on your playlist right now?
Honestly, I've been really into Lil Dicky at the moment. We all know that I know Pillow Talking like the back of my hand, but his whole album Professional Rapper is a GEM. Also because it's close to Halloween (!!!) I've been listening to the Over the Garden Wall soundtrack! It's one of my favorite shows with absolutely stunning music. Definitely recommended!
Who are your biggest musical influences?
As a writer, I like to think that the sound I go for is a blend of Morten Lauridsen, Adam Guettel, Jason Robert Brown, and Claude Debussy (I'm such a nerd, I know). As far as my singing goes, I really look up to Derek Klena. He has such a clean belt and ridiculous range and I literally strive to be as talented/good looking as him every day of my life.
Describe your favorite performance/musical experience.
So as a lot of people know, I co-wrote a musical last spring entitled Zoom and Focus with the crazy talented Lilly Lane Stafford. One of my biggest aspirations in life is to be a composer for musicals, so the fact that I got to have something that I wrote performed and seen by real people (and the fact that it was all written in the course of about 8 months!) was really, really special to me. The show was so well received and so many people that I care about were able to come out and see it. As stressful as the experience was, it was, bar none, the proudest I've felt of any project I've ever been a part of. I can't wait to get back to writing someday soon once my schedule clears up!
What is your favorite Longhorn Singers tradition?
I am such a fan of LHThanksgiving. It's a time for all of us to sit down, eat good food, and share what we are grateful for as well as our struggles. I know for a few of us, LHThanksgiving feels just as genuine, open, and important as the real deal with our families (if not more so). I think it's important for a group where tensions can easily heighten, what with being around each other all the time for hours of rehearsal, social events, kick backs and so on, to have a time to sit down and think hey... we still love each other. And whether it be things in or outside of this group, we have a hell of a lot to be thankful for.
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!