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Saturday, April 12, 2008

Not too shabby

We were up early this morning, dropped Anna off at a friend's house and then drove 2 hours to the NATS competition. I didn't know anyone there except my husband and my voice teacher, Tammi. I sang at 11:36am in the mature singers category. Just before I sang, Tyler gave me a blessing that said I would sing to my satisfaction and to the enjoyment of others. I sang three pieces:

Ma Rendi Pur Contento by Vincenzo Bellini
Come Unto Him (from The Messiah) by G.F. Handel
Come Again, Sweet Love by John Dowland

They all went wonderfully. I was very pleased with my performance. It was Tyler's first time to hear me compete in voice and when I finished the third piece - he started clapping. I was like "no no no no no - you don't clap at these things!" Then one of the judges said: "we should clap, shouldn't we!" My sweet husband was so proud of me and I'm so grateful for him and his support. In the end, I made the first cut - one of the top 4 singers in my category. Then at the awards ceremony, I found out that I won 4th place or "honorable mention" - because there's no payment for 4th place, just a certificate. I was a little sad that I didn't get one of the top 3 placings - because they get paid money, and I was hoping to start off our adoption fundraising with this competition, but in all reality - I've only been studying voice very seriously for the past 4 weeks and being #4 out of the whole state of Ohio in the mature womens category isn't too shabby. So, I'm happy. Feel free to clap for me, if you want.

8 comments:

Lilola said...

What a great accomplishment and what great courage! I'm proud of you, too.

iPhilip said...

good job

Alabama Apples said...

Hooray for you! What a wonderful accomplishment. I'm so impressed! You have guts to get up there and share your beautiful talent. Your husband's clapping made me smile. Kudos to your sweetie.

Queen Mother said...

Sweetie, 4th place is no small potatoes!! I would be dead last! You did an AWESOME job! Tyler has ever reason to be proud.

and, I love ya too. You know that girlie. And the Fugees were good times...

Melisa said...

Wow, Jill! Way to go! That is amazing that you could do so awesome without much practice!

How much were the prizes worth? When is the next competition?

Great job!

Landlocked Shores said...

I'm so proud of you! I LOVE the way the judge responded to Tyler's clapping!!!
YES!!!
I am clapping!
Way to go #4!

Kathey said...

I would have clapped too, so I will now! CLAP, CLAP, CLAP, CLAP…

Love, Kathey

Steph said...

Yay for you...I will clap!! That is awesome, Jill. Good for you!!