Alumni Corner: Rachael Anacker
11월 21, 2022
This month we’re catching up with Rachael Anacker, who sang in Intermediate Choir, Concert Choir, and Chamber Singers from 2004 – 2011. Rachael is now a human resources professional in New York City, where’s she’s lived—and performed—for the last seven years.
어린 시절에 노래에 대한 추억이 있습니까?
When I was 3 years old, the American Boychoir came to Redlands (where I lived) and sang a concert. My parents bought several CDs and I loved singing along with them. I was so enamored that I dreamed of running away from home and joining them for years! Naturally, when we visited American Boy Choir on the 2011 East Coast Tour, I felt like I had come full circle.
LACC에 처음 참여하게 된 계기는 무엇인가요?
I heard about LACC through Diana Landis, who is good friends with my mom. I remember attending the Brazil Send-Off concert right after I got into LACC and I felt so excited that I had finally found my people!
LACC에서 가장 좋아하는 추억, 투어 또는 콘서트 경험은 무엇입니까?
Gosh, there are too many to choose from. The Italy tour in 2006 was my first tour with Concert Choir, and I think singing at the Vatican is one of my favorite memories. Getting to sing in Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with Gustavo Dudamel at the Hollywood Bowl was incredible too!
How did LACC help prepare you for your current career in human resources?
At LACC, I learned to do everything with excellence, and how to work together to make something beautiful. Onboarding is certainly much different than choral music, but I feel like I use those skills every single day!
Are You Still Singing? What Else Are You Up to Now?
I am still singing! I sang in two operas this year, Pirates of Penzance (Mabel) and The Magic Flute (Queen of the Night). I also coordinate the chamber music series at Central Presbyterian Church, where I sing in the choir, and I am coordinating and singing in Handel’s Messiah there this 12월.
현재 LACC 합창단에 대한 조언이 있습니까?
Enjoy every minute. I still look back on LACC as some of the best moments of my childhood and honestly of my life. Getting to make incredible music with your friends is such a privilege and you will carry those memories with you forever.
가장 좋아하는 노래는 무엇입니까?
It’s very hard to choose, but I would say “Dona Nobis Pacem” by Paul Gibson.
How has your experience as a performer prepared you for where you are now?
LACC got me started in performing, which I still do now! Outside of that, it has taught me to be flexible, to think on my feet, and has given me confidence in public speaking and leadership.
LACC는 당신에게 무엇을 의미합니까?
Honestly, LACC means the world to me. Joining LACC was one of the best things that ever happened to me and I certainly would not be where I am in life without that experience. I am forever grateful to all the conductors, pianists, teachers, coaches, administrative staff, and parents who made it such an incredible experience!