A chorus of voices


Tanya Rodriguez and students run through their latest number.

It’s seventh period in Decatur’s gym, and the small “practice room” upstairs is occupied by none other than the chorus. The class comes in and puts down their things, moving the chairs and tables so that they have room to sing. People chat on the sidelines and try to sneak in a catnap under the window before they are called together to start on their newest piece.

“I like it,” alto Santiana Carter said. “It’s a fun experience. It’s helping me find my inner voice that I didn’t know I had.”

For a lot of students, chorus is an opportunity for them to express themselves, a place for singers to sing. As of late, though, not everyone who is in the class really wants to be, and singers like one soprano (who asked to remain unnamed), says it shows.

“I don’t think the school respects us at all. They think the students won’t care, and they aren’t getting any positive feedback that we do care, because they aren’t letting the right people be in the class,” she said.
“It’s just something people throw people into,” alto Suzette Perrillioux said. “We could be good, we could be, but most people just sit around doing nothing. We’re not bad, but we’re not great… and those of us that try are actually pretty good.”

Despite the fact that the majority of students are placed in the class by the counselors, the chorus has managed to inspire a few non-singers, like freshman Connor Lacey.

“It’s an interesting experience when you first try it out. You get better at it, and you realize you’ve opened up a new talent within yourself. I didn’t join on purpose, to be truthful… I came here late, and they put me in this one. It was the only one they had left. I didn’t think it would be interesting, but it actually really was,” he said.