Amanda Mock is living His way

April 1, 2014

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Amanda (Kirby) Mock was eight years old when she saw the Florida College chorus perform in her Texas hometown. In that moment, she knew she wanted to one day attend Florida College and sing in the chorus.

Young Amanda Kirby would have to wait another decade for that dream to come true, but every year she did was one spent preparing for what awaited her in Temple Terrace. She grew up playing piano, and in high school she began taking voice lessons and joined the choir, where she soon became a stand-out musician. Of her many high school competitions, her greatest achievement was her appearance at Texas’s All-State Women’s Choir in her junior and senior years.

When she finally arrived her freshman year, she declared a major in music and joined the chorus, chamber ensemble, jazz ensemble (vocalist) and NAfME (secretary). She later received the lower-division academic award for music, earned Who’s Who recognition and served as an Academic Ambassador of the music program.

Even before her many accolades, Amanda had already grown into a proficient musician. But she had even more growing to do that she didn’t realize.

During her freshman year she auditioned for the chorus in the Fine Arts production Pirates of Penzance. The director, Tim Moore, who also happened to be her vocal instructor, encouraged her to audition for a speaking role.

“I had no idea what I was getting myself into,” she said. “Since I never had the opportunity to be in a musical growing up, I had a lot to learn. I’ve learned more and more every year!”

Since then she has made appearances in My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, and most recently, Katisha in The Mikado.

Amanda, a music education major, anticipates her upcoming teaching internship, and feels that the transition from student to instructor is nearly complete.

“I feel that I have grown from a student to a teacher,” she said. “When I first came to Florida College, I was ready to learn everything and soak in as much as I possibly could. I have learned so much from all my amazing professors, and now I’ll get to apply all that I’ve learned to my students.”

That’s how Amanda is living His way.