Stewart said he is thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in All State Chorus for the third consecutive year.
“My first time going was in the 10th grade. I love going and being around the energy of young musicians like myself. I feel I got lucky this year because I didn’t expect it,” he said. “Going to All State Chorus means that I can basically do just about anything. I plan to go to Berklee College of Music and major in music theory. My long-term goal is to be a R&B vocalist performer.”
Throughout the school year, Carroll focuses her curriculum and instruction around the annual event to ensure students have the best possibility of going to All State Chorus.
“I start every semester teaching students music theory and how to site read at an advanced level. I also teach Italian aria in all of my classes and listening skills so they can pass the oral exam.”
Mar’Shall has his fingers crossed for his acceptance of the presidential scholarship at Georgia College as he plans to pursue music education after graduation.
“I’ve been formally singing since the 10th grade when I started chorus. My favorite part of music is music theory; you can change a tiny part of a note and it can change the music entirely. I want to thank [Carroll] for preparing me for All State Chorus; it’s one of my favorite parts of my high school career.”
Stewart said his passion for singing evolved during his toddler years, but never received formal education about his hobby until entering into Carroll’s class.
“Growing up I wasn’t around classical music. I’ve always had music in my life and I always sang, but I never knew about music theory or had a proper vocal teacher. I found my love of music through chorus and All State where I’ve learned to do music like I really wanted to do,” the 17-year-old said. “[Carroll] had done a wonderful job helping us prepare for All State; she has taken me to the next level. I thank her for the opportunities she has given us because without her I wouldn’t be what I am today.”