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Meet Colleen Chester!
Colleen is in her second season with Choral Arts Initiative and sings in the alto section. She also serves on the Board of Directors as Treasurer.
So, tells us more about you!
I was born and raised in Napa, CA and began taking private voice lessons around age 9. I was deeply involved in choir throughout middle and high school. I graduated high school in 2010 and entered Cal State Fullerton that fall. I am currently in my fourth and final year as a BA Choral Education major and plan to enter into the credential program next fall.
What is your most marked characteristic?
This is a hard question. I think people who know me really well might say my organization is one of my most marked characteristics. Everything in my life revolves around my organization from my closet to my calendar.
If you could have dinner with any composer (dead or alive), who would it be?
I think that would have to be Benjamin Britten. So many questions for him!
What does passion mean to you?
Passion means wholeheartedly committing yourself to something. Whether it be your work or your religion, it takes 100% commitment to your passion.
What is your best or most inspiring memory (musical or otherwise)?
There are so many, but I think Cal State Fullerton University Singer's performance in Dallas, TX at ACDA in 2013 is definitely I night I will never forget.
When did you begin your musical training? Why do you believe that music education is so important?
I began taking piano when I was 8 and switched to private voice at age 9. I believe music education is so important because although not everyone has dreams of becoming a professional musician, music education gives people an opportunity to learn and appreciate music which is a life-long skill.
Who or what inspired you to make singing a part of your life?
I think I owe it to my piano teacher. When I started taking piano at age 8 she knew that it wasn't my passion and encouraged me to switch to voice which she knew was what I truly wanted to study. Such a selfless woman.
Which author or poet touches you deeply?
Pablo Neruda and Walt Whitman are two poets that I have also connected to.
Outside of music, what brings you great joy?
Spending time with my family and friends. Living so far from my family has really taught me to cherish every moment that I do get to spend with them.
What achievement(s) are you most proud of at this point in your life?
Conducting CSUF's Opera Scenes last fall was probably the achievement I am most proud of. It pushed me to my limits in a way that nothing else has and I am forever grateful to have had that opportunity!
Lorraine Joy Welling