Well, I finally got my masters degree! I am now an official alum of The Ohio State University.
It feels REALLY good!
This is literally a dream come true for me. I remember going through my undergraduate career talking about obtaining a masters in voice pedagogy, applying for the program, auditioning and hoping to get in ...and now, I have the certificate in my hand. Literally. CRAZY! But I'm not gonna stop here... I plan on going even farther!
This degree is much more than just a notch on a resume for me résumé for me, but it is a culmination of my passion, my calling, and the legacy set before me. As the title of this post reads, I got this degree in memory of my grandmother, Flossye J. Bass.
She passed away in 1993 when I was five years young and it hurt me. She was probably one of, if not, my best friend at the time. She was also a singer who loved music. From what I was told, she used to have an admiration for Ella Fitzgerald and was able to mimic her scatting and sounded GREAT doing it. I LIVE for the day I can scat. hahahahaha. Anyway, she was also offered an opportunity to sing opera but was forced to turn it down because of the time that she lived in among family wishes. I remember hearing her sing at the church I grew up at like it was yesterday. Every time I think about her voice I feel like I'm three again singing in the children's choir. If I could go back to hear her voice again, I surely would.
After learning about the story of her negated opera opportunity, I made a vow to carry out her love of music and her dream of singing by doing what she never got to do. I went to school, got two degrees in vocal music, and now I sing on many stages ranging from the opera house to the House of Blues. In all of my singing and teaching, I am honoring her life and legacy and what she means to me. I also plan on honoring her by starting something for her namesake.
So... with that being said;
Nana, this one is for you!
I love you and miss you DEARLY. Rest in Him and I will see you soon! Until then, I hope to make you proud. We all love and miss you!
Enjoy some moments of my big day below!
...or shall I say, Jaron M. LeGrair, MA. ;)