Get to know Anya
What are you doing in school?
"Oh boy. Senior year, so getting ready for college and trying not to die. Anyways, I’m part of the Scholars program St. John's, so I am currently working on my Scholars project which I will present in May. If you want to learn more about my project, you can visit my writing blog. I am also a Peer Minister as a Senior, one of 36 leaders of the student body. We’re your next closest thing to staff. As for clubs and activities, I am part of the Theatre club, Music Ministry, Chamber Choir, Advanced Vocal Studies (which is also a class but we do a ton of stuff outside of school), Newspaper Club, and I’m on the Debate Team. Excited to graduate!"
How long have you been singing in choirs?
"Since age 10"
What is your favorite musical memory?
"I have so many! One of my favorites is definitely from my sophomore year.AVS was at our competition in the Bahamas, and we had just finished performing White Winter Hymnal. It took us an obscene amount of time to get it right with all the clapping and whatnot, but after we sang the last note and put our hands down, the competition was ended and our director, Mrs. Fernandez had the most beautiful and pure smile on her face. I’ll never forget that moment, and it’s one of the driving inspirations for my desire to become a music teacher at some point in my life."
Do you have any special talents or interests outside of music?
"My special talent is procrastination. But in all seriousness, I love English and writing. It’s my planned major as of now, and I hope to write a book or something substantial in the next three years. I want to do everything! Journalism, books, short stories, poetry, prose, etc… maybe even write for The Onion if I get so lucky. I don’t know if this counts as an interest, but I run a charity club at my church for girls called the Junior Ladies of Charity. I’m interested in service and hope to continue it in college. I also love language and am currently trying to learn French. I love sports and used to play soccer and lacrosse up until last year. I also really just like learning. I guess that makes me interested in most things unless it’s math-related. I might pass on that…"
Who is your favorite composer? Why?
"PAUL MEALOR. I met him and hands down he is the best person. He told some amazing stories, was super friendly, and invited some of the Lux members to drink with him until he realized we were all under 21 (thanks Reagan). His music is beautiful and I love singing it. I hope to see that legend again someday. A true homie if there ever was one."
Who's your favorite non-classical musical artist?
"There are so many I love…probably Maroon 5 and Sara Bareilles are close to the top of that list. If you haven’t heard Adam Levine sing The Way You Look Tonight, I suggest you stop reading my babble and go make your life better."
What song have you not been able to stop listening to?
"Colour Me In Gold by JP Cooper. His voice is quite lovely and I only recently discovered him."
What's your favorite book you've read?
"I have a lot, but what’s new. A timeless classic is the Harry Potter series, that’ll never get old. I love the John Carter of Mars series by Edgar Rice Burroughs — fantastic author. The Mysterious Benedict Society was definitely the epitome of my middle school years. Any John Green book is brilliant, I did indeed read Pride and Prejudice and enjoyed it, um Robby’s probably mad at me for naming more than one book, oh and my FAVORITE: Cracking The SAT Premium, 2017 Edition. Definitely the best book."
If all of the appliances in your kitchen came to life, which would they elect as their leader?
"Gotta be the griddle. My five younger siblings love pancakes."
What's your favorite sports team?
"Rock Chalk Jayhawk KU baby. Kansas City Jayhawks- best college basketball team out there."
Would you rather spend a day with Ellen or Jennifer Lawrence?
"Who doesn’t want to spend a day with Ellen?"
What's your favorite thing about singing in Lux?
"What more can I ask for than a group of friends that sings because they are passionate about it and hello we do it very well. Also, we love what we do? We sing super cool music? What’s YOUR favorite thing about singing with Lux? Everything? Yeah it’s pretty great to sing with incredibly talented people who know how to crack jokes every now and then."
What's your favorite song you've sung with Lux?
"Probably The Heart’s Reflection [by Daniel Elder]. We sang it well, and there’s one climax that’s incredible to hit every time. If I had to choose a second though, it’s Entreat me not to leave you [by Dan Forrest]. That was the first choral song I really ever heard, and it means a lot to me."
What's the most interesting fact about you?
"I’ve got a lot of love to give. I’m so proud to say I can share that love with Lux."
Anya Trudeau has been with Lux for six seasons, and plans on many more. Anya has been singing in school choirs since age 10, but screaming obnoxiously to Bon Jovi since before she can remember. Anya sings in Chamber Choir and Advanced Vocal Studies (AVS), the most select choir at St. John's College High School that holds 14-16 singers. Under the direction Kate Fernandez, AVS have competed in places as far as the Bahamas and won the Spring of 2017 competition at Festival Disney, and have been invited to compete at Carnegie Hall in the Fall of 2017.
Outside of school, she sings with the Honors Youth Choir of the Choral Arts Society of Washington under Brandon Straub, having performed at the Kennedy Center under the direction of Scott Tucker, and at Tanglewood alongside the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Charles Dutoit.
Anya studies voice with Michelle Orhan and studies piano under Margaret Bunuan. She also has a piano student of her own. Anya is self-taught on the guitar and ukulele, using those skills mostly to walk around the house strumming on her instruments and singing offkey to remind her family that she loves them.
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