Marie here again! This is part II of our “Goodbye Seniors” series, which was started by this guy, Anthony Marte! I sat down with Anthony in the Chocolate Bar and we had a nice long chat about why he joined Mads, his favorite songs, and where he’s headed after BC!
MP: We’re just chatting. We can just chat about Mads! So, why did you sign up for this in the first place?
AM: Well, truth be told, I just always thought Jon was really dreamy. [laughs] And I just wanted to be next to him [more laughs]
MP: You have a girlfriend! [more laughs] who you’re clearly head over heels for.
AM: Yes, yes, print that. Print all of that! [laughs]
But seriously, I was in it in high school, and it was a big part of my high school life. Initially—I think I’ve told you this—initially, freshman year of high school, I was not about that life. I was in chorus, I was in the school chorus, but like, the whole tights thing, it wasn’t working for me. But then my chorus teacher, whom I love very much, who I respect, who I owe a lot to, forced me to be into it, against my will…
MP: Yes, I can see 14-year-old Anthony resisting…
AM: And my girlfriend was also in the group, that made it easier. And then I just sort of fell in love with it. It was a different kind of music, it was very beautiful, and I was really good at it, and it was just a lot of fun.
MP: So, you just decided that you wanted to keep doing it at BC?
AM: Right! I actually made sure that BC had a Madrigal group before I really decided to go here. I was pretty set on going here, and then I looked up a list of clubs, and I said, oh yeah, this is definitely my school. I really liked Madrigals in high school and I wanted to continue it here.
MP: How has it been different here that it was at your high school?
AM: We’re a lot better than it was at my high school! And despite some of the attendance problems that we have….
MP: Which aren’t that bad, really!
AM: Which really aren’t that bad—in high school it was a lot worse. It was an after school extra curricular, you had to stay until 6 two days a week… I guess in high school it was a lot more difficult for people to commit—they had other things going on and stuff. But here, it’s a lot more fun! I’m closer to you guys than I ever was to my group in high school.
MP: Do you have a favorite Madrigal memory from your time at BC?
AM: Well, my favorite Madrigal moment was my sophomore year… In the winter. Katie Weintraub invited us to her house because we were going to do something at her church that weekend. We all went to her house—not all of us, maybe 6 or 7 of us, and we slept over. Theron was there, Sara Schulz was there, Katie was there, of course. And we all slept in the basement of Katie’s house! It was really cool—they had sleeping bags and a couch all set up in the basement and everything, her mom was there—her mom was the sweetest person, she was always very supportive of us. And then we played board games, we played Taboo, and everyone had a really good time! And that was the first moment in Madrigals when I really felt accepted, that I actually felt that these were people I could be myself around, that I could joke around with them, that we could all have fun together. And from then on I haven’t really felt uncomfortable around Madrigals. That was my favorite. My all-time favorite. When you finally feel accepted by a group, there’s nothing like that.
MP: That’s awesome. That’s so awesome. What about a favorite Madrigal song?
AM: It’s gotta be O Magnum. It’s too pretty! I did it in high school…
MP: It’s too pretty! You can’t not like it, it’s too pretty!
AM: Yeah, you know! You wish you had a better answer—it’s like, what’s your favorite band? The Beatles. What’s your favorite madrigal? O Magnum.
MP: It’s funny, that’s what Louie said for his favorite song too.
AM: It’s a very simple answer, but I think it’s the best song we’ve ever done!
MP: Do you have a favorite Christmas carol that we do?
AM: [sighs] I always hated the Christmas carols!
MP: [shocked] Why?
AM: Well, they always came in these little booklets and you had to flip the paper, and read it, and it was a pain.
MP: Well, do you have a favorite song we do in the winter?
AM: [laughing] O Magnum.
MP: That’s not O Magnum! [laughs] Broadening out from O Magnum…
AM: Well, I think my favorite would have to be…. What’s your favorite?
MP: I’m not going to tell you, I don’t want you to be biased!
AM: Oh, In Dulci Jubilo! Just listening to the three people who do the solos, it’s a treat for me and I can sit back and listen. It’s nice, because you get to become part of the audience, and enjoy the work that’s gone into it, just for a few short seconds.
MP: So what are you doing with your life? Do you see madrigals continuing to be part of your life post-graduation?
MP: Are you sad about that?
AM: I’m sad about it because I’ve built relationships through Madrigals. I still keep in touch with some of my madrigals people from high school, and I expect to keep in touch with all of you at BC!
MP: Of course!
AM: That’s actually what I’m most sad about—I’m going to not be with the people that I’ve built strong relationships with through the music. But madrigals won’t be a part of my life post-college.
MP: Do you know where you’re going, what you’re doing next?
AM: Yeah, yeah! This summer, I’m applying to medical school, so I’m going to do that all summer, and in August, I begin basic training academy for City Year. It’s a nationwide program—they’re in all sorts of cities, New York, Boston, Chicago—and they essentially put young people to be TA’s in public school in Brooklyn, so we help out these kids that are going through things, we do after school programs for them, before school programs, tutoring…
MP: You’re going to be so good at that!
AM: I hope so! So that’s what I’m doing next school year—August to June—and then hopefully going to med school. I’m very nervous about the children.
MP: I think you’re going to be a natural!
AM: You want them to like you so bad, but then they definitely put you in situations where you have to be the authority figure—running after school programs and things—so I’m nervous! What if the kids don’t like me?
MP: I think they’re going to love you! Anthony, I think you’re going to be really good at that!
AM: I remember being a little kid, and I remember hating the teacher or the substitute or whoever.
MP: I was just thinking, you’re going to be a really good doctor. You’re such a people person, and you’re such a nice guy, that I feel like you can’t go wrong. Do you know what kind of medicine you want to do?
AM: Either orthopedic surgery or pediatrics.
MP: I was hoping you’d say pediatrics! I think you’re going to rock this City Year and I could totally see you as a pediatrician!
AM: They’re very different, they’re not similar at all…
MP: If you were a pediatrician, I’d bring my kids to see you.
AM: Yeah, it’d be awesome!
MP: You’re going to be a great doctor! So, do you have any advice for future madri-guys or madri-gals?
AM: Wow, that’s a loaded question. Don’t lose your costume [laughs].
Never, ever be afraid to sing out. And that’s more than just in rehearsal, don’t be afraid to express your sound—if you don’t like the direction, don’t be afraid to speak up about it. If you have a good idea, don’t be afraid to speak up about it! And in all facets of life, make your voice heard. Do something! And… that’s it, that’s all I got!
MP: Any funny madrigal stories you’d like to share?
AM: I should have known this was coming! Why didn’t I prepare?
MP: Because I wanted to see what you would tell me on the fly!
AM: Oh whoa. I really want to come up with a good answer for you…. I think it was last semester—so you were abroad! Funny story…. The whole semester I’d been teasing Michelle about how Peter abandoned us and she’ll never see him again, and how he hated her
MP: Which he didn’t, of course!
AM: He didn’t, of course… or so we think! [laughs] He did abandon us, after all. And so I kept telling her, [talking like Yoda] “He left you! He doesn’t like you! He abandoned you!” So Jon or Louie had organized Peter to Skype in from Philadelphia, because Jon wanted to ask him to arrange a piece for us, and he Skyped in at the end. But Jon only told us, “Oh hey, Peter’s Skyping in,” five minutes before rehearsal ended. Michelle was like “Oh noooo! I have to goooo!” and she had to leave. And I took a selfie with Peter and sent it to everyone and she was heartbroken. So was Ashley.
MP: Any other things you want preserved in blog-dom forever?
AM: I have one regret.
MP: And what is that one regret, Anthony?
AM: I regret never starting a blog for all of the Jon-isms that happen during rehearsal.
MP: [Laughs] Lasers!
AM: I had a whole list on my old phone, I intended to, but I just never got around to it! All of them… the unicorn thing, the lasers, shooting needles… Breathe the diaphragm into your groin… They’re part of the reasons we all love Jon, and I wish I could share that with the world!
MP: I mean, there’s still time…
AM: Yeah, he’s gotta come up with new material…
MP: Thanks so much!