I believe that music is at the heart and soul of everyone. It was a few weeks back, and I was warming up in the choir room with the other 69 girls in Women’s Chorale. We were about to get on the bus to head to state contest, at Central Crossing High School. We had successfully been to districts, with a one on the floor and a two in sight reading. We were heading onto the bus after warming up and I was so excited, the thought of judges’ criticizing and complimenting the songs, which we had worked so hard to sing for them, was making my stomach turn full of butterflies. The bus ride seemed to last forever, but once we entered the school the love of music throughout every person was overwhelming. Upon entering the contest area we proceeded to set our stuff down in our assigned room, and began to explore. We met back at the room at the designated time and left to together to warm up once again. After entering the warm up room it seemed as if time just flew by. Before I knew it we were entering the performance area and my legs were shaking uncontrollably, as were everyone else’s. Singing those songs, which we had worked so hard for, in front of our friends and family was very special. We left and went to sight reading which was what we were all so nervous for, as we came to an end the judge told us we did great and said for us to turn in our books. We all gave a sigh of relief and went to change from our dresses to something a little more comfortable. Individually we all ended up in the performance area once again, just to listen to the other groups because they too, had worked tremendously hard to get to states and we wanted to hear the great passion with music that other schools had, just like us. I believe that no matter where you are or what you’re doing music is passionate, special, and sometimes personal.