august 29, 2017

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“Be kind, don’t judge, and have respect for others. If we can all do this, the world would be a better place. The point is to teach this to the next generation.” ~ Jasmine Guinness


Queen of All


The second this beautiful soul asked to see me my day improved 100%. This is my friend Sara Holroyd. She was in the studio doing an oral history with Reneé Collins (below and who is just the sweetest woman ever to walk through my office door). Sara and I hadn’t seen each other in a long time, and though our visit was brief, we wasted no time catching up. She is one of the most giving spirits I have ever known. She is brilliant. She is gifted. She is opinionated (I love that about her). She is compassionate and truthful. She is who I want to be when I grow up (she’s very Betty White-esque). Can you believe she’s 92? I wish I looked that good now! Sara was a beloved choral professor at UK for several decades. Reneé, whom I believe was one of Sara’s students, is doing a fantastic oral history project around Sara. They’re talking to an array of students inspired by her, fellow faculty that worked with her, and with Sara herself. She is deserving of all the accolades and more. I met Sara at First Presbyterian Church many, many years ago. In fact, she was one of the first people I met, and she made me feel very welcomed. I loved her immediately. Frankly, you’d have to be an ogre not to like her, and I’m pretty sure even ogres like her. Just being in her presence makes me feel better. I am eternally grateful for her friendship. She made my day. 


star power

3 Responses

  1. Sara Holroyd

    Dear Kopana, I decided to look at your page to see my picture (vanity get behind me) when I read the wonderful comments about an older woman. Wow! Someday I’d like to meet her if possible. She sounds very interesting. To be honest I have met her. She attributes her success to all those people whom she has met and have helped her achieve her goals in life. I’m not speaking of money. I think of the love and encouragement of my mother…my high school choral director who secured a scholarship to Peabody for me. I didn’t know that until the letter from Peabody arrive. I remember an older woman who sent me $10.00 every month. I think of the students I have taught all these years. Their love and dedication through the years have inspired me. I think of hardships and unfair events that have made me a much stronger person. I think of my friends like you, Kopana, who always greeted me with love and a hug. I think of Music and its power. I think of my students who were taken from us too soon. Life is good. Enjoy every minute of it. Thank you, Renee and Warren for making this possible!


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