Choir Scholarship Recipient
Name: Alexandra Littrell
Course of Study: Music
Are you a scholarship recipient? Yes, I am a choir scholarship recipient.
What activities are you involved with on campus and why? Over my five semesters at WC, I have had the pleasure of being involved in many activities in the Fine Arts Department. I sing in Rob Laney’s college choir and community choir. I have been featured as a guest singer in many Coyote Jazz Band performances. I played guitar and sang in the WC Studio band, and composed/arranged/directed an original song we performed that was dedicated to my parents. I have also taken many private music lessons in singing, composition and guitar, and I played Cinderella in WC’s 20th Anniversary performance of the musical “Into the Woods.” I love the arts and performing. It is second nature to me. The more I can put that love to practice the happier I am.
What prompted you to choose your current course of study? I have been writing music since I was 12, and I performed a lot in a band as a teenager. I knew music was what I wanted to study in college, though I was not for sure what specific degree in that field I wanted to focus on at first. I was especially looking forward to learning music theory when I began at WC. Music was not a choice, but something like a calling to me. In the words of Bruce Lee, “The function and duty of a quality human being is the sincere and honest development of one’s potential.” I sing everywhere I go. It is hard to imagine a career in anything else.
What are your post-WC plans? I am going to transfer to a university to study songwriting and audio production. Right now my top pick is Belmont University, which is very close to Music Row in Nashville, Tennessee. I am also working on an EP which I aim to release next year.
What are your favorite things to do when you are not at school or studying? I write songs in my bedroom, jam with other musicians, hang out with my dog, Magdelena, read C.G. Jung books, play Patsy Cline songs with my grandpa, take long walks in parks and eat lots of cookie dough ice cream.
What is your dream job? Singer-songwriter/producer all the way! Hiking guide and sea-plane pilot are a close second. Actually, can I just become a professional ice cream taster?
Who has been your greatest hero? My little sister, Shayna Littrell. She is an amazing painter, who does not waste time. There is never a moment she is not practicing her craft. I respect her creativity and diligence. Music wise, my greatest hero is Fiona Apple. She inspires me to make everyday life into music in whatever way I can, and her lyrics are masterful.
Who is your favorite musician? I love Prince.
What has been your favorite course, so far, at WC? My voice lessons with Rick Rainey. He is such a patient and passionate teacher. He does not only develop singers, but he also develops people. My classical guitar lessons with Will Douglas are also really insightful and educational, so I must mention that class too. I was really nervous when I started learning that instrument, but he has been a very encouraging teacher to me.
How important was affordability when choosing to attend WC? It was very important! I did not have a lot of money to devote to college, but it is so crucial to my career to me, and I just love learning. My music courses are not the only classes I cherish. I have learned valuable things from every professor I have ever had. I am fortunate to have Rob Laney as a director, without the choir scholarship I receive from his program I would not be able to attend WC and continue my higher education.
How would you describe the campus life experience you’ve had at WC? It is very peaceful. The campus is pretty easy to navigate, and I love the library. I have met some of my closest friends on campus. The faculty and staff have some outstanding members who have helped me with various things throughout my journey here.
How has Weatherford College changed your life? I have grown so much in my time spent here as a student and a person. Weatherford College has been a really educating and bountiful first step in my pursuit in higher education. There are years as you grow from a young woman into an adult that mark who you become. I am glad I experienced that time here, studying and pursuing my passions.
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