Wendy Contreras has always loved to sing. She wanted to pursue music in college, but she wasn't convinced that she was capable.
Her insecurities faded during her freshman year when she began taking classes with MU’s private voice instructor, who recognized a rich potential.
“She made me see that I needed to pursue singing and never give up,” Contreras says. “If something’s meant for you, you’ll succeed.”
Contreras also credits Stan Campbell, director of MU's music program, with helping her see the point of making music: bringing people back to God.
“I saw how the Lord used my music to touch people,” she says. “When I realized that he’d given me this gift, I wanted to be responsible with it.”
Since then, Contreras has learned piano at MU, and she's honed her talents in the university’s jazz ensemble. She also leads worship at MU’s weekly chapels.
The more she saturates herself in music, the more people ask her to sing at their churches or on albums they’re producing.
“God has been opening doors for me everywhere,” she says.
MU’s vibrant community of musicians has also played a big role in Contreras’ development as a vocalist. She used be afraid to share music she’d written. But once she did, her peers were full of compliments and support.
“I realized that I’d underestimated myself,” she says. “Now I can open up to fellow musicians.”
Despite all the recognition, Contreras says the most important thing she’s learned at MU is how to be humble.
“Humility is acknowledging everything you have without boasting,” she says. “I had to realize I was good at singing, but that it’s not for me – it’s for God’s glory. This is what I was created to do.”