Yes, it really is morning, already. Wednesday mornings are always challenging to open my eyes when that first alarm clock bell goes off. Tuesday nights I have rehearsal with the Northwest Choral Society. In honesty, it is my favorite week night. The Northwest Choral Society is a community chorus in the suburbs of Chicago (near O'Hare International Airport) made up of about 50+ singers from the Chicagoland area. I am their conductor.
This is my third year working with this group of singers and, honestly, I am so proud to be their conductor. The group hired me after their previous director passed away after a 30-year tenure. Hiring me took a lot of faith and hope in me, but they did it with such goodwill. In the past two years, I have seen remarkable growth in the group--musically and socially. We finished our 2011-2012 season with the highest ticket sales and audience turn-out EVER. This summer, about half of us attened the World Choir Games (sort of the Choir Olympics, if you will) in Cincinnati. We just started rehearsals for our 2012-2013 season.
Last night's rehearsal was full of music and joy. We are working on Handel's "Messiah" for our December concert. I know, I know....EVERYONE does "Messiah.' But not everyone does it well. I love Handel's music. I love "Messiah." But above all else, I love teaching people this amazing music. I try to inform the singers about stylistic implications of Baroque music, as well as arming them with the vocal technique to manage the seemingly never-ending melismas (singing many notes on one word/syllable).
So...I thought I would start a blog that I can share my thoughts, rehearsal techniques, insights, and even ask questions from my readers. More than likely, since I rehearse only once a week with the NWCS, I will also publish my experience as a Middle School choir teacher. Yes....Middle School. The school year is also just underway....so wish me luck!
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