Gill would rather be team player in choir than go solo

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN LAURA CAMPBELL
It’s not just because Emilie Gill is shy when it comes to singing that she avoids solos. It’s also that the Canton-Galva junior loves harmony so much that she’d just rather sing with other people than by herself, she said.

Gill is part of a couple different groups in which she gets to enjoy blending her voice with others.

First, Gill sings alto in the Canton-Galva High School choir.

“I like hearing the harmonies with all of the different parts,” Gill said. “It’s so pretty when we do really well.

“We sound good and we get into it,” she added. “That’s fun.”

Gill admitted that reading music is not her strength.

“That’s the hardest part for me,” she said.”So I just kind of hear what’s around me, which is good for a choir because you can always listen.”

Gill is generally solid enough on her part that others look to her as one of the choir leaders, she said.

“People always expect me to know what is going on,” she said.

She, in turn, looks to the two seniors in choir for guidance, so that it all “works out pretty good,” she said.

Canton-Galva choir director Bill Olson said Gill’s voice is a valuable part of the group.

“She adds a lot to our choir,” Olson said.

Still, he wants to bring Gill’s voice out of the mix a little more.

“I’d like to see her take a solo to contest,” he said.

Gill has yet to perform a vocal solo at regional or state competitions, although she has sung a couple of solos as well as a duet with her sister at past choir concerts.

And while Gill has had chorus parts in past school musicals like “Bye, Bye, Birdie” and “Annie,” Olson said he would like to bring her into one of the more principal roles in this fall’s school musical.

“I’d like to feature her more,” he said. “She has a really nice voice.”

Having a good voice runs in the family, Gill said, and the women in her immediate family have made the most of that by forming a quartet.

Gill and her mom, Michelle King, and her two sisters, Edie, 18, and Ellie, 12, perform together at mother-daughter banquets and other special events, singing mostly contemporary Christian worship songs, Gill said.

But her mom and sisters had to perform without her at a banquet last week, she said, because she had a softball game that day.

Gill plays both volleyball and softball for Canton-Galva, as well as participating in Students Against Destructive Decisions and Future Business Leaders of America, she said.

Music–and a variety of it–is an important part of her social life, Gill said.

“I like all kinds of styles,” she said. “I love listening to music and hanging out with friends.”

She especially enjoys singing country music–“It’s really easy, but it’s fun”– as well as contemporary Christian music.

“I like to worship,” she said.

Gill has another extracurricular interest that may very well lead to a career choice, she said.

“I like watching the History Channel,” she said. “I kind of want to go into history. I don’t if I want to teach so much-I just kind of want to research, be a historian, something like that.”

As a junior, however, Gill has yet to make any definite college plans.

“I don’t know where I want to go, but I do want to go,” she said.

Olson said he is certain that whatever Gill does after high school, singing will remain an important part of her life .

“She comes from a very musical family,” Olson said. “I know her family will keep on singing together.”

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