Goodbye Seniors, Part II: Kim Sykes
Hey everybody! Anthony here again with an update to our somber and reflective (but oh so juicy) series in which we say goodbye to our seniors. This time Kim Sykes will give us some insight into her experience as a member of our beloved Madrigals.
Anthony: So Kim, why join the Madrigal Singers of Boston College?
Kim: I saw a flyer in Lyons… and I thought that this would be a fun group (laughs). I wanted to join a singing group and I auditioned for a few groups and got a couple of callbacks. And when I went to the Madrigals callback everyone was really excited and a lot more quirky, so I thought I would really fit in here.
A: Is Madrigals something that you did in High School?
K: I had sung Madrigals in High School but not with a specific Madrigal choir. And my chorus teacher in High School loved Madrigals and did it in college so she always hyped it up. So that’s partially why I wanted to sing madrigals.
A: Did you wear costumes in High School?
K: Only for caroling. We had a big cloak and a furry little muff for our hands and the guys wore top hats, but not the rest of the year.
A: Did you know about Mads before coming to BC?
K: Yeah. Well, I’m not sure if I knew about it before I came to BC but definitely once I got on campus.
A: You said that you found the people in Mads a little more quirky. Go into that a little more for me.
K: Well they knew the Madrigal song that I came in with.
A: What song was it?
K: I think it was Sing We and Chant It. So they were like “Oh, your gonna sing that later!” So that was fun. And the Christmas carols were so much fun and different from what any of the other groups were doing. Also Kayleigh was the director and she’s kind of crazy and I kind of wanted her to be my big sister (laughs).
A: What else are you involved in on-campus? Or off-campus?
K: I’m doing Chorale. I auditioned for that around the same time I auditioned for Madrigals so its been four years. But I sing second soprano in that which is kind of fun and different since I get the harmony.
A: You like that a little better?
K: Sometimes, yeah (laughs). Singing takes up a lot of time, I don’t really do a lot of other extracurriculars. Right now I’m working and I work like 30 hours a week waitressing.
A: Really? Wow. Is that enjoyable? Some nights?
K: Some nights. I have a lot of good stories from it so that’s fun and I like working with my coworkers as a team. Thats part of what I like about Madrigals; it’s a smaller group than chorale and it allows for more teamwork.
A: I’m not sure how good of a question this is, but is there anywhere that chorale and mads meet for you? Like a common ground?
K: I think that the caliber of music is similar and that’s why I like both groups. In chorale we sing very professional pieces with tradition in an organized manner and I think Madrigals is the same way. I like singing songs with history and tradition.
A: And singing in different languages, how do you like that?
K: I like it, it’s really fun and I feel like I’ve learned little bits of different languages. Like if we say something in latin in church I will remember it from singing. I feel like I’ve learned to say a lot of German and Italian. So its cool how even if you can’t speak a language you can read it and sing it.
A: It’s interesting how music brings all of that together for you. Is there a moment during your time with Mads that stands out to you as you look back?
K: I think my favorite moment was the CD recording that we did. We were together as a group for a lot of time. It was a lot of work and little chaotic but it was a great time. It was three straight days of madrigals and on our breaks we would explore the Cardinal’s Mansion and just run around. And we would put on our costumes and take pictures frolicking in the grass.
A: So far you’ve spoken a lot about the personality of Mads and how important that is. What does Mads really mean to you?
K: Mads is like my family and its been really good support during my time here at BC. I’ve made a lot of really good friends and even though some of them have graduated its pretty neat to have that bond. And I’m definitely coming back to visit when I graduate.
A: Awesome! What are your plans for life after BC?
K: I’m going to stay in Boston over the summer and hopefully do internships while I’m waitressing baseball season…
A: Yeah, that get’s rough (laughs).
K: Yes. And I want to apply to grad school.
A: What do you want to go into?
K: Well I’m not sure now. I really want to go to law school but I’m not sure if I want to do something else first and then apply for a Masters in Environmental Policy somewhere.
A: So you’re not at the LSAT stage yet?
K: I’ve taken a prep course but I’m not ready for it (laughs). I’m going to use the summer to figure that out and explore.
A: Cool. Well I don’t have anything else. Is there anything else you would like to say to all the Mads ppl out there? To the alumni? To all the little freshmen out there?
K: I think I’m always surprised at how Mads collects different types of people that you wouldn’t necessarily expect to love madrigals, and I love that. It’s very surprising that people do such different things and have such different majors and other activities but they all really love singing and the family atmosphere. It’s definitely a special kind of personality that is drawn to Mads.
A: Thank you so much for doing this, Kim.
Anthony Marte ’14