My AllState Choral Experience 

This past Fall, I auditioned for the Tennessee Mid-State Choir and was fortunate enough to be chosen to be a member of the Tennessee AllState Choir. I’ve decided to document my experience on this blog!

April 5- Day 1
My chorus teacher, Mrs. Dumser, another boy from my school, Isaiah and myself left school around one o’clock to travel to Nashville, TN. AllState was held at the amazing Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center this year, and I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve come to this hotel many times in my life-it has the prettiest light display at Christmas- but I had never really gotten the chance to spend a few days as a guest.

Rehearsal was from 7pm-9pm that night, so our group went to dinner at the Aquarium restaurant in the Opry Mills Mall. I got a lobster tower which was pretty much a huge salad. It was delicious, but we had to race to rehearsal to avoid being late.

One thing I did not enjoy about AllState was that they were very strict on time. Rehearsal would start at 7pm, but we would have to be in our seats ready for role call at 6:50pm. The Opryland Hotel is massive, and it would take about ten minutes for me to walk from my room to the meeting room. I was on time that night, but other girls weren’t. They were reprimanded and told that if they were late again they would be dismissed.

Rehearsal went by very fast that first night.

April 6- Day 2
I woke up around 6am to go to the gym, which was very tiny. After my unsuccessful workout, I didn’t want to have a large sit down breakfast, so I grabbed a fruit plate at the coffee shop in the hotel. I was at rehearsal by 8:50am and out by 12pm. A two hour lunch break may seem long enough, but with the food lines being miles long, I had barely finished eating before I had to make the long trek back to rehearsal.

That night, I went back to my room and went straight to sleep, exhausted.

April 7- Day 3
Rehearsal was moved up, so I had to be ready for roll call at 8:20am. I was so tired. My director missed the first night of rehearsal, so she was being very hard on us trying to make our concert the best it could be. Our concert had lots of choreography, and the music was very challenging.

AllState was a great experience that I recommend to everyone. I learned so much from my director and my peers as well. I wish I could experience it again.

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