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Meet Alan Garcia!
Alan is in his second season with Choral Arts Initiative and sings in the tenor section.
So, tells us more about you!
I'm a tenor, and I am currently studying choral music education at Cal State Fullerton. Upon graduating, I hope to credential and become a full-time working choral director in public schools. Aside from that, I also love performing and have an extreme passion for renaissance music. I am currently a collegiate member of the American Choral Directors Association student chapter and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and enjoy actively engaging in volunteer work and service for the advancement in music.
What is your most marked characteristic?
I think I'm a very passionate individual. Everything that I do, I love, and everything that I love, I love dearly! I always put a 100% of myself into the things that I enjoy.
If you could have dinner with any composer (dead or alive), who would it be?
Palestrina, definitely! I love how his music is just beauty in it's truest form, and I would need him to hear it from me!
What does passion mean to you?
It's the primary driving force that keeps me going and loving. It's motivating, inspiring, and really fuels the love I have for it, as well as the love I have for a lot of other things as well!
What is your best or most inspiring memory (musical or otherwise)?
My most inspiring memory has got to be conducting the Omicron Pi chapter of Phi Mu Alpha in a benefit concert to raise money for Beta Foster Care last December.
When did you begin your musical training? Why do you believe that music education is so important?
I joined choir in my junior year of high school, but I didn't receive voice lessons until my first year of college at 18. I believe that music education is incredibly important because it really gives back with an outlet to succeed and prosper. When music education is supported, it makes all the difference and a student really benefits a lot in a variety of ways. Not only does it provide a great foundational structure for them to feel good about themselves, but they do better in their schooling and daily life.
Who or what inspired you to make singing a part of your life?
My high school choral director, Tim Lutz, helped me discover a sincere love for singing when I joined his high school choir. I felt special, and now I want to pass on that feeling to future students.
Which author or poet touches you deeply?
As cynical as he is, I really like Oscar Wilde. It's just a lot of fun to pick up stuff by him from time to time.
Outside of music, what brings you great joy?
Running! I ran Cross Country in high school and I still keep up with it to stay in shape. It just makes you feel so refreshed after a long day.
What achievement(s) are you most proud of at this point in your life?
Last summer, I was selected to serve as a section leader at the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program, which gave me an opportunity to work with high school students with a large amount of repertoire, solo masterclasses, and ensembles. Seeing those kids work and working with other like-minded section leaders was really one of my favorite experiences I've had to date.
Lorraine Joy Welling