[Our March Blog features one of our Tour choirboys as a guest writer]
My Life as a Choirboy
By Tony Fata
Hi, I’m Tony Fata and I’m 13 years old. I’ve been in the Tour Choir for 3½ years, and have been in the Fort Bend Boys Choir organization for 5 years.
Wow. I can’t believe that it’s already been 5 years. My years as a Choirboy sure went by quickly.
When I first joined, I didn’t believe that I had a good singing voice. The only reason why I auditioned was because I was told that I had a good voice by my English teacher, Mrs. Schroeder. I am eternally grateful for the opportunity she gave to me, for it has changed my life forever.
I remember in Training Choir, watching the Tour Choir perform. When they did the powerful song known as Dream a Dream, then ended with Al Shlosha, I told myself that I was going to make it to the Tour Choir, even if it was for one day.
When I was accepted into the Tour Choir, I was nervous. To my surprise, I was taken in by the returning boys and accepted into the choir. When I felt homesick at the camps, there was always a boy by my side, making me feel better. I made friends and felt like one of the choir. Camp went by very quickly, and before you know it, I was singing at my first concert.
I’ve never completely understood the concept of truly taking my mask off until my second year of Tour Choir. I thought I had my mask off already for some reason and I didn’t need to take it off because it already was. Finally, I realized the true concept of taking the mask off. The mask is something that lets you share your true feelings with others. These feelings can be anything from joy to depression to anger.
Last year, a lot of my closest friends left the choir. This at first upset me, but then reminded me that friends can come and go, and I could have new friends in the following year, which is true.
I have looked at several other people and see many things in their lives: divorce, depression and even suicide. This made me realize that I live a very lucky life, for I have none of these going on in my life.
If I had the choice, I would stay in the choir for MUCH longer than I can, but I realize, that life happens, and I have to move on.
So, to wrap things up, I would like to thank everyone for where I am in this organization.
And that’s my life as a Choirboy. FBBC: Forever Boys Become Changed.