“Nie jesteś aniołem, mówię Ci, Jesteś szalona.”
This song by Jesteś szalon rang out from the television as characters dressed in black and white danced across the screen. A young Hanna Lichacz and her sister stared at the screen, speaking the words and singing along as they watched their parents’ wedding tape for the umpteenth time.
Since childhood, Senior Lichacz’s life has been shaped by music, leading him to find joy and passion during his time at Taylor through his experience with Chorale and Sounds.
Looking back at his childhood, music shaped many of Lichacz’s foundational memories. Letting Lichacz and her sister watch the tape and sing the songs was the only way their mother could drop them off at their grandmother’s house without them throwing tantrums.
At the age of five, she joined the Polish youth choir in church. Singing in Polish was a natural activity for Lichacz, as she grew up speaking only the language at home. She sang in the Polish Youth Choir until it disbanded when she arrived in high school.
However, in high school, she was still a leading participant in the annual spring musical, a capella choir, and marching and concert bands where she played the flute.
Upon entering Taylor, Lichacz wished to continue singing as part of a choir and auditioned for Chorale. After the auditions, she was not selected, leaving her to explore other options.
“I was never good at sight-reading or music theory,” Lichacz said.
So she got up and joined Adoration Chorus (now titled Women’s Chorus). Thanks to this experience, she was able to strengthen her musical skills.
In her second year, the hard work paid off and Lichacz joined Chorale.
Her first semester was a steep learning curve as Lichacz acclimated to the rigors of the repetitive and intense practices that are required for Chorale, but she hasn’t been able to get into the routine yet due to COVID-19. who sent the student body home.
Once Lichacz returned to campus, she was determined to make the most of her remaining time with Chorale.
With COVID-19 limiting gatherings and performances in its first year, Lichacz performed in Chorale’s limited events. During her senior year, Lichacz was able to immerse herself in the countless performances ranging from teaching a Polish song to seven students to performing at Mosaic Night to the choir’s annual trip to Alaska where she was able to connect deeply with fellow performers and sing in multiple venues.
As her time at Taylor University draws to a close, it can be seen that there is more to Lichacz than her voice.
Hayley Mordecai, choir member and roommate of Lichacz, explains that Lichacz brings joy to other people’s musical experiences.
“Whether it’s a warm hug, a funny story, or a big smile, Hanna is always ready to brighten someone’s day,” Mordecai said. “She brings the Choir to life with her beautiful voice and twice the personality.”
Lichacz concluded her musical career with the last concert of Chorale on May 14. As she completes this chapter, Lichacz plans to continue to keep the love of music in her life even if her future career is not in music.
Drawing inspiration from her memories of Jesteś szalon on TV, Lichacz’s journey with music is one she will continue to cherish long after her time with Taylor.