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Friday, May 18, 2018

ACC Choir Student Overcomes Obstacles

ACC Choir Student Overcomes Obstacles

Standing in a large crowd of her fellow choir members, Kayla Sturgill had to be lead through the group to stand next to the director and deliver a solo performance.

Sturgill sang her piece in the crowded First United Methodist Church in Alvin.

“It was awesome,” she said. “I was crying because it was so beautiful.”

Sturgill, who was born visually impaired, has been singing with the ACC Choir for almost two years.

“Kayla’s beautiful soprano voice contributes so much to my groups both as a soloist and choir member,” said Dr. Kevin Moody, ACC Choir director. “Her performance at Christmas was a great success.”

Sturgill was born in Mexico premature and suffered vision loss as a result of medical care.

She would eventually be adopted to a family in the United States. As she grew up she learned early that she had a talent for singing.

“It started with me signing in the back of the car,” Sturgil said, lauging.

After listening to her back seat performances, her parents encouraged her to pursue music in school. And once it became her passion, it was something she couldn’t live without.

“If I didn’t have music, I’d go insane,” she said.

The soprano graduated from Pearland High School and then chose to attend ACC.

“I feel that I needed a community college,” she said. “I felt very much at home here.”

Learning music at the college has also improved her capabilities.

“This spring she has also been in the Chamber Choir and always has such a great attitude toward whatever we are learning,” Moody said.

Sturgill said she is a much better vocalist now than when she first started at ACC.

“I’ve discovered so many things about myself,” she said. “They have really helped extend my range. Dr. Moody has really pushed me for my own good.”

While she is a strong performer with the ACC Choir, Sturgill also feels she is doing well with her academics, in part because of the support from Disabilities Services department.

Thanks to her time at ACC, Sturgill said she will continue to pursue an education in Music with a bachelor’s degree from Stephen F. Austin State University.

“I’m looking forward to it but it’s bittersweet,” she said. “I’ve worked with a lot of great people here.”

Sturgill plans to use everything she’s learned to become an educator herself.

“I would love to teach elementary kids as well as continuing to be a performer,” she said.

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