Q&A with Shane Young, sophomore choir participant


Young’s school involvement develops his school spirit, broadens his skill set, and positively impacts others.

Danielle, Koleosho

Q: What motivated you to become interested in music and performance?

A: This is something that’s really fun to do, you know, to sing and to dance. So I was like, what about performing? My mom put me in the elementary school theater productions and I was like “this is so much fun”. I got to see all of my friends and meet new people and I think that is really where it grew from. Now, it has become a part of me and my personality, and it is something that I love to do and am comfortable doing.

Q: In what ways do you hope to learn and grow from being a member of BSA?

A: I think gaining a line of perspective on my place in the world and how the culture that I take part in affects me and how it accepts me also. Being an LGBTQ+ person and being Black are two different worlds that can be difficult at times to share.
Q: What about Madrigals makes it your favorite club/ activity to participate in?

A: While this music is over 400 years old, we can still bring it to our audience today and perform it to the best of our ability, and we’re going to have fun doing it. That’s a huge thing about madrigals. As much as it’s a performance, [the] court works on it for six months before the performance, so it’s a family that you start to gain. It’s really fun to be a part of that.

Q: Do you feel it is important to get involved in school ,and if so, why?

A: I do think it’s important to get involved in school. So much of our personality is the people around us. We take bits of who we are from others.

Q: What are the “Dapper Dans” / “Perfect Pitches” and what do they do?

A: The Perfect Pitches and Dapper Dans are student-led acapella groups. While the Dapper Dans are composed of tenor bases and the Perfect Pitches are composed of sopranos and altos, both groups perform together at choir concerts outside of school. After a lack of audience due to COVID, seniors Sondos Hassan and Carter Meyers decided to rebuild the acapella groups this school year. They really built the groups from the ground up and made it what it is right now, which is a really fun club to be a part of and to perform with.

Q: Is there anything else you would like to add?

A: I think so many people should join choir just for that experience because it is amazing to be a part of. When you perform music with someone else, you can build a good emotional relationship with friends because music is [the] expression of emotion and feeling, and I think that is something everyone should take a part of.