My name is Paden Osburn; I am a sophomore at Berklee and I have been in Crep for three semesters now.
Coming from a four-year long high school choir career to a very contemporary music school with few choir opportunities, I needed an outlet fast. I don’t know what that musical outlet would have been if I had not found Crep. At the “Welcome Back BBQ” that happens every fall for all Berklee students, I found Crepusculum. My expectations were unsure, but little did I know, I would be joining one of the best families I’ve ever had the pleasure of being a part of.
Being in Crep has helped my self-confidence in myself and in my voice. Every member is wonderful, talented, and passionate about his or her career path here at Berklee. It does my heart good to be surrounded by such overwhelming positivity 24/7. Being with others who appreciate you for who you are and what you stand for is a blessing. Especially in today’s world, friendship, consistency, and love are hard to come by. It’s been a rough year for me, and every time I turned around; Crep was there. When I needed a hug or kind word; Crep was there. When I needed to sing my heart out to release my emotions; Crep was there. Crep is the family that, at the time, I didn’t know I needed.
Just like any tight, well-knit family, sometimes we quarrel and disagree. But the rarity that follows is that we always overcome our conflicts, no matter what they’re about. Over time, I’ve realized that we do this because we all genuinely have love for each other. We care about each other’s well being; when one Creppie is sad, we’re all sad for them; the group is very empathetic. Though our emotions run high at times, music heals us. Joining together to sing beautiful notes is why we’re here, and we do a really good job of never forgetting that.
It might be cliché, but when you join a choir, you really do join a family. I found role models and inspirations for myself as a composer, a woman, and a human in this choir. I’ve doubled over laughing until I’ve cried in this choir. I’ve been a part of a couple of the most moving performances I’ve ever given in this choir. I found one of my best friends in this choir. You never know what to expect in a group like this, and I’ve learned to expect the unexpected.