Craig and I have been singing with this amazing choir since September. We rehearse every Thursday from 7:30 - 9:30 and every Thursday night, I think as I'm sitting in that beautiful church, singing that beautiful music, that I have GOT to write a blog post about this experience. But after two hours of singing and a 20 minute drive home, I never seem to be able to drag myself up the stairs to write it. So, I'm writing it on a Monday afternoon.
This is the most amazing musical experience I have ever had…and I've had more than a handful of really great ones. I sang with an incredible high school choir. I sang with the University of Texas Women's Choir. I have been part of exceptional church choirs put together for special presentations or events. But nothing I have ever done before this even comes close to this experience.
There are just over 150 of us in this choir, but I know that the directors have big plans to grow that number significantly in the coming months and years. It is a non-denominational group, although both of the original directors started this as a Mormon Choral Organization when they started the original choirs in California and Arizona. We are the fourth city to have this amazing opportunity, and I can't even tell you what a strange and improbable path led me to this group. I'm adding it to my growing list of things that can only be explained as divine intervention.
To say that the music is challenging would be a ridiculous understatement. We sing in 8 parts much of the time and the directors expect not just singing, but enunciation, blending, memorization, and technique. We stand for the full tow hour rehearsal and let me tell you, it is a workout! I'm exhausted by the time we leave.
Our first concert is coming up on December 4th, and I have never been so honored to invite my friends and family and blog readers to an event in my life. If you are trying to find a way to set a spiritual tone for your family for the holiday season, this is the way to do it. This music is spectacular and reverent and gorgeous. I love singing it and I cannot wait to see how all the pieces come together, children's choir, orchestra and grand chorus. My head spins when I think about what has been accomplished in what will be just four short months of rehearsals.
But, when you are engaged in a righteous and worthy endeavor, I'm certain you have help from ministering angels to bridge any gaps. I'm pretty sure I can hear them singing with us every week.
"Once you have experienced excellence, you will never again be content with mediocrity." - Thomas S. Monson