You’re in the trenches. Working toward a noble goal–a goal to change the world with music.
We’ve been there (and are there)!
People who haven’t been in your shoes may never understand all of the plates you spin to show up as the best director for your choir and help them create the most beautiful music they can–so you can change lives!
When I (Carrie) was teaching music on a cart, going from room to room in a building that was being renovated, my first teaching job, planning a wedding, and working with a student body with high numbers of IEPs–it was a lot.
But my before-school choir brought me LIFE. It was an optional activity–they wanted to be there.
Driving into work with a hot coffee, blasting my praise music and getting amped up for rehearsals, I can remember counting down the minutes until rehearsal started. I couldn’t wait to execute the plan I worked on, and see how much the singers had improved since last rehearsal after listening to the tracks I made for them.
That winter, we put together the first all-school concert the school had had in years, which culminated in almost 400 children of all races, creeds and backgrounds singing the finale together (“Child of Peace” by David Waggoner if you were curious).
It is one of my “highlight reel” moments and I will remember it forever!
This is what we are going for, isn’t it!?
And these Covid days–the odds can feel stacked against us.
Charlie now works with the Ambassadors of Harmony, a four-time international chorus champion of the barbershop harmony society, and we are so grateful that they’ve been able to keep the momentum going even with contest after contest (even the World Choir Games which was supposed to be in glorious BELGIUM! ouch) being cancelled.
But, week after week, the 120 men in this chorus practice with their rehearsal tracks, meet for rehearsals on Zoom or outside in the freezing cold in their cars, and put their heart into all they do.
Charlie hops on those evening rehearsals, sometimes tired from a long day with the kids, and works by directing his own arrangements for the chorus and leading his sectionals to polish parts and bring out the best in the singers. By the end of the rehearsal, he’s renewed again by the energy of his fellow singers.
It’s just what we do. It’s what YOU do.
You CAN do this.