I was quaking in my Converse’s the first day I had to run an event for Spotlight Sounds. The list of stuff that I had to accomplish seemed overwhelming. I had to hire a van, get all the materials transported from Taylor to Festival, coordinate a staff of events, oversee load-in and load-out, and make sure the entirety of my event went smoothly. Even though I had the support and enthusiasm of the whole Exec board behind me, I was still apprehensive. But as soon as the first musician came on and people started listening, I breathed a huge sigh of relief and I felt an overwhelming sense of accomplishment. Putting on a successful show is an amazing feeling, but even more amazing is seeing people having a good time at an event that you have been an integral part of organizing. That was September, when Spotlight Sounds had about 8 members. Now we have 21!
Spotlight has accomplished some incredible things this year, one of which was mixing up our genres to program to a diversity of musical tastes on campus. We’ve brought the likes of pop-punk Hotspur to gypsy jazz trio Ameranouche, and even though it’s been hard work, I have absolutely loved every minute of it. Director of Spotlight Sounds is a position that requires many assets, but the most important asset is a love of music. My passion for music has carried me throughout this whole year. This passion is also something that unites Spotlight Sounds. Working with so many individuals who feel the same way about music that I do has been an incredible opportunity. When I was filling out contracts, contacting agents or coordinating sign-ups for events, I always had the end-game in mind. This position has also allowed me to build relationships with not only my committee members, but all the musicians I’ve worked with. Since I love meeting new people, this has been one of my favorite parts of the position. Spotlight Sounds has been one of the most rewarding things I’ve done at JMU thus far, and I can’t wait to see where it’ll take me next!
~Elyse Krachman, Director of Spotlight Sounds