By Todd Camp
There are some fresh faces (and voices) joining in to make beautiful music with Turtle Creek Chorale this season, so we thought we might sit down with some of the newest Turtles to find out how rehearsals are going and what it’s like to be a part of one of Dallas’ preeminent arts organizations.
For some, the experience is intimidating, but exciting, while others find themselves back in familiar territory.
“I haven’t sung in about a year and a half, so I still get butterflies just thinking about rehearsals and being able to sing again — in other words, loving it!” says Zac Rudd. But for Gene Schrivener, being on stage is almost second nature. “Having performed in one way or another since before high school, I knew performances did not come together without lots of hard work,” he says. “Rehearsals have been a lot of work, but gratifying work.”
“I look forward to Tuesday evenings!” adds Grant Myers. “Music has always been a part of my life. After seeing the Chorale’s Christmas show two years ago, I asked myself, ‘Why am I not doing this?’”
Everyone was, of course, thrilled to be a part of the organization. Brian Zander described the experience as filling a personal void of sorts. “Since leaving school, I’ve felt like something has been missing this whole time, and I satiated my singing desires with weekly visits to karaoke.” Zac agrees, saying, “I have always tried to have a musical outlet of some sort, so when I moved to Dallas, TCC was one of the first things I looked into.”
“Over the years, I have attended many performances of TCC,” says Gene. “I was always impressed with the level of professionalism, showmanship, and quality of the performances. I always hoped that if I moved to Dallas, I could be a part of an organization like that.”
Now that they are in the thick of rehearsals, all of the newbies are happy to be a part of this new family. That’s certainly what Brian thinks, “I love how TCC isn’t just a group of men coming together to sing; it’s a family and you’re a part of it from the first day.”
“The best part of this experience so far has been the welcome from the Chorale,” Grant says. “The amount of ‘hellos’ and greetings has truly been overwhelming and uplifting.”
“Being a newbie in town, I’ve really enjoyed meeting everyone,” Zac says. “Those who love music as much as we do are a rare breed, so it’s great to have a place to share our musical talents with one another!”
Grant is certainly on the same page. “I have already met so many nice guys who all are working for a common goal but are having a good time doing it,” he says. “I look forward to our first performance.”
And that’s something on which I’m sure we can all agree.