An Interview with Chiamaka Amadi from LMU’s Notetorious

Notetorious is an on-campus a cappella group here at LMU. It comprises of seventeen LMU students. Their members hail from a wide range of majors, including health and human sciences, communications, theater, business, and others. While the group is very diverse in terms of where people are from, majors, races, genders, and interests, everyone shares the same passion for singing. I talked to Chiamaka Amadi, a freshman health and human sciences major who is a member of Notetorious, about her experience in the group.

 

1. What is your favorite thing about Notetorious?

That’s a hard question because there are so many things that I love about Notetorious. I love how we can all still be friends and even when it is time to crack down and get things done, we still maintain that friendly balance. I love how quickly we learn songs, because sometimes it’s hard when we have a show and certain songs aren’t done. But when it comes down to it, we always figure it out.

 

2. How did you start singing?

I started singing when I was in 2nd grade and joined choir. Ever since then, I realized that singing is one of my greatest passions.

 

3. Why an a cappella group?

I noticed that one of my strengths as a singer was being able to harmonize and hold notes. And it’s also more fun when it’s a group of people working on the songs rather than me by myself.

 

4. Why did you choose Notetorious?

From the second I walked into the audition room, I felt the vibe that they were really close friends, and I wanted that.

 

5. Did you ever picture yourself being in an a cappella group?

Yes, because I was in one in high school. It was a great experience, and I learned the importance of teamwork. So, I wanted that same experience in college.

 

6. What is the commitment?

Two meetings a week for two hours each. We also have a show each semester, and a retreat each semester.

 

7. Favorite song to sing in general?

“Hallelujah” by Jeff Buckley is my favorite song to sing. I love the harmony and the emotion I am able to show while singing.

 

8. Favorite song sung so far?

“Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood has been my favorite song to sing with the group.

 

9. Fun facts? Last words?

Come see Notetorious at our spring show. Dates will be announced soon! If anyone wants to audition to be in Notetorious, we are holding fall auditions next semester.