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Artists of the Month

Kevin Ruiz, Staff Writer

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Emma Marting, a senior at Godinez, has been part of choir since the fourth grade. She has dedicated a great amount of time with the goal of doing well and improving.

Since Marting’s freshman year, she has been part of Chamber Singers and Musical Theatre. “My singing had been on and off until I joined Chamber Singers. I’m proud to say I’ve stuck with it,” said Marting.

During Marting’s childhood, “choir was a way for me to push myself to do better and cultivate a talent of my own.” Marting chose Godinez because  “of the absolutely stellar vocal program McMahon has established.”

Marting discussed her experience with Jeanette McMahon as her music teacher. “McMahon…is one of those rare people in the world who makes every day count. She doesn’t only care about doing her job; she does it well. McMahon has made such a meaningful impact in my life, and… she is like a second mother to me. She has gone out of her way on countless occasions to accommodate and push my vocal abilities further than I could have ever dreamed of reaching, and I’m very proud and grateful to have been her pupil.” The toughest part of choir for Marting is “..It is a group effort; one person’s talent strengthens and adds to the group, so it is a constant compromise of time and dedication.”

After high school, “I have no intentions to stopping singing, and I am excited to see what the future holds in store for me.” Marting is applying to the University of Chicago, University of Redlands, UC Santa Barbara, UCLA, UCI, Cal State Long Beach, and Cal State San Luis Obispo . Marting’s dream schools are UC Santa Barbara and University of Chicago.

Elaine Arriola, also a senior at Godinez, has always had a passion for singing.

Arriola joined choir in sixth grade and has continued that journey into high school. Arriola has a lot of gratitude for  MacMahon, saying “I have grown to appreciate the beauty of theatre thanks to her and the beauty of classical music. She has played a major role in my growth as a singer, performer, and individual. Her passion for music and the arts really makes being in choir special.”

Over Arriola’s four years in choir, the toughest part is, “The discipline one has to dedicate to rehearse their choral pieces outside of the choir class amidst other extracurricular activities,” said Arriola.

Arriola will continue with her passion for singing. She said, “I am hoping to continue singing and performing in college where I will (if possible) double-major in Music: Classical Vocal Performance and Philosophy, Politics, and Law (PPL).” Arriola is applying to University of Southern California, Chapman University, Concordia University, Vanguard University, UCLA, UCI, UCSB, UCR, SFSU, CSUF, CSULB, and Cal Poly Pomona. Her dream schools are USC and San Francisco State.

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