So I’m moving to Hattiesburg on Monday or Tuesday to attend the University of Southern Mississippi for Opera/Vocal Performance.
And I could not be more freaked out.
You see, it was all very sudden. I met with one of the amazing teacher down there just to get some advice on what to do and how to get to grad school for opera- but instead she tells me that I need to take classes and that she wants me to study with her.
WITH HER. WITH THIS WOMAN WHO IS THE AUTHORITY ON PRETTY MUCH ALL OPERA GRAD SCHOOLS EVERYWHERE AND SHE WANTS TO TEACH ME. SHE DOESN’T HAVE TO BUT SHE WANTS TO.
She tells me that I need to take Theory and Music History and then be in her studio and the opera performances- but she’ll take care of that.
And so I leave last Friday after talking to one of her students for about 3 hours and I have an apartment set up, a possible course schedule set up, and 2 job opportunities lined up.
I go home and tell my parents and they tell me that I need to quit working at the court IMMEDIATELY and take this opportunity and go back and take a full-time course load.
So that’s what I’m doing. My last day at the court is tomorrow. I signed up for classes today and here’s how it’s going to go:
- Graduate Review Music Theory
- Graduate Review Music History
- Vocal Literature
- Acting for Opera Singers
- French Diction for Singers
- Studio/Class with teacher
- Opera Performances- 3 this semester with rehearsals somewhere in there.
I AM happy to finally get out of Jackson, but I keep having these pangs of wanting to stay. It’s kind of ridiculous, but that’s how I feel. Maybe it’s nostalgia, but I think it’s just a basic fear of the unknown. I know it’s not New York, or LA, or anywhere that I’d like to end up ultimately being- but I just have to go for this.
Any help/advice would be appreciated. Seriously.
I’ll be riding my bicycle to and from campus everyday- so Little Mintie and I are going to get real tight. I just need a helmet, and to figure out how to lock my bike, and to semi-brush up on how to ride a bicycle. In some traffic. Does it get easier?
I kind of don’t know what I’m doing. I know that this is a step in the “right” direction, but still freaking out like a
I love you all.