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Meet Stacy Oh!
Stacy is in her first season with Choral Arts Initiative and sings in the soprano section.
So, tells us more about you!
I was born and raised in Southern California; While being involved with the choir at Crescenta Valley High School, I decided to major in music and ended up attending Chapman University where I received a double Bachelor's in Music Education and Choral Conducting. I immediately went back to school for my teaching credential and am currently in my third year as director of choral activities at Prairie Vista Middle School, while simultaneously working on my Master's in Choral Conducting at Cal-State Long Beach.
What is your most marked characteristic?
I'm known as the person who always knows the best places to eat!
If you could have dinner with any composer (dead or alive), who would it be?
It's a tossup between Claude Debussy and Yoko Kanno.
What does passion mean to you?
Passion means no matter how much hardship you may have to endure for something, it's all worth it in the end because it's something you love unconditionally.
What is your best or most inspiring memory (musical or otherwise)?
During one of my college choir tour performances, my choir and I did an impromptu performance of a Haitian piece as a tribute to the natural disaster that had befallen Haiti back in 2010. Since we didn't have the necessary percussion instruments, we decided to get the audience involved instead. Our conductor taught the crowd some simple rhythmic patterns to accompany the a cappella piece. Some clapped their hands, some tapped their seats, and some hit their chests, as we began to sing. I could feel the energy and emotion from my ensemble and the audience; it was the most exhilarating feeling I'd ever had as a performer. It was a reaffirmation that music is truly a universal language and has the ability to make people connect.
When did you begin your musical training? Why do you believe that music education is so important?
I started playing piano when I was four years old, and ventured into choirs by the time I was eight. With the exception of my two years in middle school, I have continued to sing in numerous ensembles. Music education is crucial not only to the preservation of producing quality art, but also in shaping and molding decent and happy human beings.
Who or what inspired you to make singing a part of your life?
I've loved to sing as far as I can remember. However, it wasn't until my junior year of high school that I decided I wanted to conduct choirs for the rest of my life. It was the positive experiences I gained from my high school choral program that contributed most to my desire to direct vocal ensembles of my own.
Which author or poet touches you deeply?
Outside of music, what brings you great joy?
The three F's….Family, friends, and food!
What achievement(s) are you most proud of at this point in your life?
One of my proudest achievements at this point is having the privilege of directing my own collegiate choral ensemble for the past two years, as the Men's Chorus director at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music (CSULB).
Lorraine Joy Welling