Saturday, March 14, 2009

There is Music in my Soul Today

Last week in church a sister mentioned that a Handel's Messiah Choir was meeting again to get ready for an Easter performance. The practices are from 8:30-10:30 Saturday mornings and the performance will be Easter Sunday, April 12th at 7pm.

While I have sung in a few Stake and ward choirs in the past 10 years, I have not really sung under a professional conductor with really challenging music (don't get me wrong, some of my BYU choristers were really great music majors) since I graduated High School in '99. I have felt much regret over this. My soul has missed being part of a full choir, missed singing, missed warm-ups, missed harmonizing, missed performing. I decided that I was going to sing this year and that Matt was going to support me and watch Dean while I was at practice. Sure he'd have to get up early on Saturday for a month, but I NEEDED it. That night I came home and told Matt. He was really good and just said, "Ok."

I know how much he despises getting up early on Saturday, so I suggested that I take the Neon (though it's not gone further than a mile from our home in over a year) so he could take Dean in the Rav to get donuts. He was hesitant (slightly afraid that I'd be killed in the Neon since it's not so safe and kind of a junky car), but he took me up on the offer.

The music is challenging. I've only ever sung one selection from Handel's Messiah, and that was 11 years ago. I was happy that I have mad sight reading skills and that block and contrapuntal was one of my strengths! There were only a few times the conductor actually broke down the parts and played them individually. It was so much fun! I believe the conductor is a Presbyterian Minister of Music, and he was literally (and I really do mean literally) sweating from his 2 hours of vigorous conducting. The majority of the choir is LDS, but there were a few Methodists there today. I hope more people of more faiths come. What a great opportunity to come together and sing praises of the Messiah. I feel very blessed. (Local friends, there is still a great need for more men, so if your hubby sings, get him there! We only had 4 tenors and 6 basses.)

When I got home I found a very happy Dean with a face covered in chocolate glaze. He happily helped me eat a donut. He also wanted one with his lunch, though I told him no.


Kristeee said...

That sounds like fun. Singing in ward and stake choirs is nice and all, but really getting meaty music to sink your teeth into and being in a group with people who can actually hear and find their parts is so much better! Making music with good musicians is a fun, fun thing.

Rubalcava's said...

Singing the Messiah is so awesome. It was a great experience for me too!

Sarah Pace said...

our community sings the messiah every year at christmas!
I know how you feel! I miss singing so bad in a "Good" choir. ward choir just doesn't cut it. good for you to be doing that though, hope you have fun!!

Him, Her & The Wee One said...

What a fun experience. I just started singing in our Ward choir. I know, not even on the same level, but it's been about 10 years, if not more, that I've sun in a choir. I have really enjoyed it... there's just something about music.