One Delmarva Christian High School student’s vocal ability and love of music led her to a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity this summer to perform at the renowned Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn.
DCHS Senior Erica Apgar first learned of the opportunity a year ago when the Annie Moses Band performed at her church, Crossroad Community Church. The band told the congregation about the Fine Arts Summer Academy, a two-week summer camp they run in Nashville.
After Apgar submitted an application and audition tape, she was accepted and in July she joined over 200 young aspiring artists from around the world who were to study with classically trained teachers from major arts conservatories and universities like Julliard School in Manhattan and Berklee College of Music.
The camp ran from July 13-27.
Q How did you get started singing?
A I started singing as a little girl and sang my first solo in a Christmas play at my old church in New Jersey. I’ve always had a passion for singing. I would even get in trouble in elementary school because I would never stop humming in class.
Q What was it like to sing on the same stage as famous performers like Elvis Presley and Carrie Underwood?
A Singing on the same stage as so many famous singers was definitely exciting. When you watch them on TV, you only see them through the audience’s point of view. It was incredible to walk out on stage and see the Opry from a performer’s perspective.
Q What was the most valuable lesson you learned while attending the Fine Arts Summer Academy?
A The most valuable lesson I learned from FASA is to not take the gift God has given me for granted. He gave me the ability to sing for a reason and He does not want me to waste it.
Q What are your plans for after graduation?
A My plans are to go to a Christian college and major in exercise science and minor in music. However, I’m open to wherever God leads me if those are not a part of His plans for my life.