Performing on the SuperGirl show
Most people never get used to the feeling of performing on stage, especially if it means confronting a large crowd. However, for sophomore Sammi Su, the glowing stage at Baldwin Park Performing Arts Center carries a familiar sense of home.
Su began taking lessons with a singing coach eight years ago, but the appreciation and talent for music had always been in her roots. She looks to her family for inspiration when she embarks on singing experiences.
“My grandpa was a performer, my grandma was an instructor and when my mom was in high school, she entered different music programs which included a choir that’s similar to a national honor choir that we have today, so the family’s pretty into music,” Su said. “I’ve tried instruments and dance before, but I’ve never really liked it. [Instead], I joined choir in elementary school and I’ve just enjoyed it ever since.”
After finding out that the SuperGirl show, a singing contest held in Asia, was going abroad to the U.S. for the first time, Su was offered the opportunity to sing as a guest performer in between the contestants’ performances and the final announcement of the winners.
“My parents hold community events [at the Performing Arts Center] yearly. I perform there for fun every year too, so the stage was really familiar. It was sort of a homely or ‘this is the best stage’ type of feel because if I’m in a new environment, it’s easy to get nervous, so being there really helped me calm down,” Su said. “It was kind of exciting actually, like a tiny buzz saying, ‘I’ve got to do good,’ was flying around before I started.”
During the short intermission of the show, Su sang an alternate version of the song “You Raise Me Up” by Josh Groban.
“I didn’t really want to do ‘You Raise Me Up’ at first, but my dad liked that song, so he kind of made changes to it,” Su said. “I was excited and it was quite amazing being on a stage with those finalists.”
Like other shows, the SuperGirl contest contains a high level of tension as the contestants waited to hear their scores, which added to the sense of anticipation that Su easily recognized.
“I guess the most memorable part would have to be right before my performance because the setup of the competition was quick elimination,” Su said. “While I waited backstage, there were always people doing last minute practice. The atmosphere reminded me a bit of the Rhapsody competition I was in a few months ago, which excited me and really got me into my performance.”
To pursue her interest in singing, Su plans on involving herself further with classical singing, which is the same opera style voice her grandparents became famous for.
“I just recently switched to a new, more experienced teacher. In the future, hopefully by junior year, I’ll be ready to enter a classical competition,” Su said. “Wherever I get the chance to sing, I’ll probably do [so].”
By Jessica Huang, Staff writer
Photo and video courtesy of Sammi Su