By Haley Fauland
Day one began as a quiet, brisk morning. Suddenly, the once empty and echoey corridors rumbled with excitement, as campers and their musical fervor flooded in, ready for the start of a thrilling week. As the day progressed, auditions were nailed, food was devoured, and music was made. We decided to follow some of the campers throughout the day to gauge their first day experiences, learn more about them, and illustrate the magic of music through their eyes.
Semaj C., a saxophone and piano player, described his first day as “good.” Though a bit nervous, overall “the audition went well and it was not as bad as I thought.” After auditions, Semaj and a few other friends found themselves absorbed in a great game of football on the lawn, followed by a scrumptious dinner at the HotSpot in the Student Union.
After dinner, the campers filed into their reading sessions to begin their journey to Saturday’s musical performances. They saw for the first time the music they would share with their families, friends, and loved ones, beaming with excitement. As the long and tiresome day came to a close and the campers got ready to settle into their snuggly beds for a good night’s sleep, a jubilant energy rang through the halls. In the words of Halle C., “I’m excited!”