Goodbyes are never easy, especially when we say our yearly goodbyes to our seniors. This year, three girls left the group, and each made such a significant contribution to the group in her own way. We had two extremely talented girls graduate the year, and one girl who is leaving JMU in pursuit of other things. While we've already said our goodbyes, we'd be remiss if we didn't showcase these talented girls just one more time.
Maggie "Cheeky" Rabe
Fall 2014 to Fall 2017
In her time in Note-oriety, Maggie left a huge and lasting impact. As Assistant Music Director for the 2015-2016 year and Music Director for the 2016-2017 year, Maggie was influential in shaping Note-oriety's sound. Maggie arranged "You Go Down Smooth", "Rise Up" and "Feel it Still", all of which made the final cut to our 2018 album, which she worked on her spring semester as Music Director before passing the project on to Darby Clinard, her Assistant MD turned successor. Affectionately called "Mag-eye" and "Gretchen" by the group, this "cheeky" gal is always quick with a hilarious and poignant one-liner regardless of the situation. We were sad she had to leave a semester early to student teach, but we know she'll make an amazing teacher who will be undoubtedly loved by her students. We'll never forget when she wowed us with her senior solo "Take A Bow" OPB Rihanna at our final concert in December, a powerful end to an impactful Note career. Her leadership and quick wit will always be remembered fondly by those she leaves behind as she goes on to be a PHENOMENAL music teacher. We love you Mag-eye!
Amanda "Honey" Mason
Fall 2014 to Spring 2018
Amanda Mason, aka THE Amanda Mason, matriarch and queen of Note-oriety, is iconic to say the least. Amanda never fails to wow us with her talent, from "Bang Bang" her freshman year to "Hurts" her senior year and everything in between. Amanda served as our Secretary for the 2016-2017 school year, but her involvement in Note goes far beyond the year she served on exec. Amanda has always been a voice of reason in a group of passionate, opinionated people, and her poise and sense will be sorely missed. Amanda is one of the kindest, most caring people you will ever meet, and to have her bless the group with her presence for a full four years was truly an honor. Amanda also was the head of the biggest family in Note, being one of five in her family which included a little, a grand little, and 2 great grand littles- that's right, this beauty is a great grandma! Amanda's legacy of humility and kindness will certainly live on in the group. Not only has she changed the group, but she changed everyone whose path she crossed- no simple feat. We love you endlessly Amanda, go on and conquer the world!
"Note-oriety was without a doubt the most special and rewarding experience of my college career. The talented and strong women I have had the honor of knowing in this group created the most supportive and loving sisterhood that I could have ever asked for. Throughout my time in Note, I had so much fun with everyone on and offstage while also gaining more confidence as a performer, leader, and person. Although I will miss Note dearly, I will treasure the memories and songs that we have shared forever. I cannot wait to see what wonderful adventures await this group! 'Not a million soldiers could take you from me.' :)"
Hannah "Phoenix" Cumings
Fall 2017 to Spring 2018
All good things must come to an end, but this is one thing we wish we could have had just a little longer. Our beloved newbie Hannah is leaving JMU, and while we wish her all the best, we will surely miss our favorite four-foot-ten firecracker. Last fall, Hannah knocked our socks off with her audition song "Into You", OPB Ariana Grande. We knew she'd be a perfect addition to the group, and she joined Brigid, Makenzie, Dani, Emily and Izzy as one of our six flawless newbies. Hannah was a part of the biggest family in the group, leaving behind her twin, Brigid, her big, Marjorie, and her g-big, Emma. Hannah will be missed for sure, and for such a short time in the group she certainly left her mark, soloing "Doo Wop (That Thing)" in R&B Medley and starring in the accompanying music video. Like the phoenix she's named for, we know Hannah will rise up and go on to do great things wherever she ends up. Even though JMU wasn't for her, we're so thankful we got to be a part of Hannah's time here, and will always welcome her back as an alumni with open arms. We will always have a place in our hearts for you Hannah- don't forget to visit!
"Note was more than just acapella. To me it was family. I’ve never been a part of such a wonderful, and supportive group like these women. Each of them are incredible in their own way, and have something extremely valuable to offer the world - whether it be kindness, confidence, or love. I grew not only as a vocalist in my short time at Note, but I also grew as a person. Note is near and dear to my heart, and it is an experience that will carry with me for the rest of my life."
EDIT: Hannah has had a change of heart and will be returning to JMU next semester, and we couldn't be more thrilled to have her back