Two years ago a student by the name of Deandra Wint ’11 had the idea to start a Gospel Choir on campus. I mean, by then we had about 5 a- capella groups but no gospel choir. So I thought it was a pretty sweet idea. Deandra followed through with this idea and was able to actually start the gospel choir on campus; within their first year the choir had a significant number of members. I would guess around 15 members.
Open to absolutely everyone and anyone on campus, the gospel choir sings a variety of songs that are considered inspirational. The “inspirational” bit is open for interpretation. My housemate, Kadeem Brown’ 12 is the current creative director for the gospel choir and expressed the diversity amongst the group members regarding religious and inspirational views. Some students use the gospel choir as an outlet to express spirituality, some lacking in religiosity just use it as an outlet to sing really good music. There really is an energy about the gospel choir that is hard to ignore. Their spring concert was this passed wekend and audience members could not help but get up and sing or clap along. It is always such a pleasure watching them perform. Check them out for yourself !
I have never been good at the whole “about me” thing. I guess I never know how much information is enough. I will try to make this short and sweet.
My name is Altagracia Montilla but many people call me Alta (ALL- TUH).
I am a senior at Skidmore College already experiencing early symptoms of separation anxiety. I am a Psychology major and a Religious Studies minor with post- college plans to attend graduate school for clinical psychology and focus my work on at- risk and troubled youth but not before I spend a year living in Australia, of course.
I was born in Pennsylvania but spent the majority of my life in Bronx, New York. I love NYC, but in many ways I love Saratoga Springs more. I attended the High School of American Studies at Lehman College, a small and very competitive specialized school located at the edge of the Bronx.
I am a realist, yet a daydreamer; an outside the box thinker who envies others who fall farther outside the box. I am extremely social and talkative, the epitome of an extrovert, but also extremely independent. I am an over achiever who enjoys being busy. Aside form the obvious; I love running, reading, potlucks, “feel-good” music, and Australia. I have a younger sister and an older brother, yet I am the oldest. I can sing all the lyrics to every Adele song. I can’t play an instrument and I do not sing well, but I have moves.
At Skidmore I have been the vice president of Raices and president of R.A.C. I was a drummer in Skidieko, a Resident Assistant for my dorm Junior year, and I have directed a fashion show for Ujima. I have worked for dining services, catering services, and now the annual find, and admissions. Outside of the campus I have done work at two separate youth shelters not too far out of Saratoga.
And I think the best part is I still have one more year at Skidmore.