Patterson Choir Pep Talk

Rose walks in the choir room.
By: Samantha Seidel
As the Charles E. Patterson Middle School’s state honor choir was prepping to perform tonight, they received a special pep talk from a former choir kid, turned The Voice star.
Rose Short walked into the middle school choir room excited to have the opportunity to not only speak to the boys and to sing to them, but to listen to them as well.
Rose shakes Nicolas' hand.
Performing "Viva la Compagnie" for the Voice star, Short looked in awe as she listened to them sing. Once they had finished she walked over to choir Director, Gerald Nicolas, and shook his hand.
"You have no idea," she started, "You are so good. I was in choir and we never sounded like that. Your choir director is amazing." 
Short performed for the students, showcasing the range of her talented vocals, but the real inspiring moment came when she explained to the students to always go 100% for any dream they wish to achieve.
"I don't want to be cliche, but don't let something that is uncomfortable keep you from trying. You are supposed to be uncomfortable and frustrated especially when you are pushing yourself," Short stated.
Rose takes a group photo with the boys.
"If you try your hardest to achieve Plan A, there will be no room for Plan B. Believe that it will work out."
Pushing them to take risks, Short wants the students to know to not wait. Start working for your dream right now.
"Surround yourself with people who are like minded and who want the best for you. They will help you soar."  
The Killeen native explained why it was so important to give back to the community.
"I just want to be an example for them," she began. "I want them to be confident in what they do. This group is so talented. All they need to do is stand tall, go for it, and know in their heart that they can do this." Rose takes a selfie with a student.
The 33-member middle school varsity boys’ choir will perform tonight at the First United Methodist Church in advance of their performance as an honor choir at the Texas Music Educators Association convention in San Antonio. Which is expected to draw more than 30,000 music teachers and choir directors on February 14th.

This event is FREE and open to the public!
First United Methodist Church
3501 E Elms Rd, Killeen, TX 76542

February 7, 2020  |  7:00 p.m.