2018-19 Student Spotlight | Classical Vocal
Young Artists Head Back To School At Louisiana’s Arts Conservatory NOCCA
Student Spotlight | Treshor Stirgus
Treshor Stirgus | Classical Vocal Music
As NOCCA (New Orleans Center for Creative Arts) opens its doors for the 2018-2019 school year for hundreds of students from across the state, take a moment to learn more about a young artist who is making it happen at the prestigious arts school.
Interview with student Treshor Stirgus, 12th Grade Classical Vocal |NOCCA Full-Day Academic Studio from westbank New Orleans
How do you feel to embark on your final year at NOCCA and the Academic Studio?
Beginning my final year at NOCCA doesn’t seem real. I feel like I’ve been a part of this community for as long as I can remember. I feel empowered to spread the love that NOCCA has given me to the freshmen so that they can do the same when they are seniors.
How have you grown in Vocal Music over the last three years?
Over the last three years, I have seen my gradual progression and I am very proud of my achievements. Watching a recording of my singing from 9th fills me with joy. Not realizing how much better, I’d gotten but actually getting to see it is such a great feeling. I’ve gone from being a chorus member to getting a lead role, taking on lots of responsibilities. Not only have I grown as a vocalist, but also as a peer in a small part of a larger ensemble.
What is your goal over the next year? What is your goal after graduating high school?
My goal for this year is to be an example to others. I want to continue to make good grades but also help my classmates to reach their goals because failure goes beyond just yourself. After I graduate, I will continue to find myself through my art and where I belong because wherever I go, I want to make a difference and to continue to better myself in more ways than one.
What advice would you like to give incoming freshmen?
For the incoming freshman, I want you to know that you don’t have to be afraid to try new things or to put yourself out there. Take risks with your projects and talk to as many people as possible. Use your art in as many ways as possible because being an artist is truly special.
How has your performing arts high school experience differentiated from students who attend traditional high schools in New Orleans?
Going to a performing arts high school is different from a traditional high school because in art schools, the teachers and staff always encourage you to incorporate your art everywhere and not just on the stage. They want us to know how to use out art beyond the stage and classroom. Academics are still prioritized, but in a way that we can understand and enjoy doing it.