Greetings Fellow Music Educators!
It is that time of year again, the start of another season... or is it? I
know we all have these questions that run through our head as the first
rehearsal approaches. Will the choir be able to achieve the tone that is in my
head? Did I pick the correct repertoire for them? Will the choir get along and
become a family?
There are so many emotions that run through us as directors. I was talking
with my wife about all of these concerns as we drove to the ICC retreat and she
turned to me and said, "It really is silly to worry about all of these
things because each year you have a new choir and each choir is different. As
long as you and the singers do your personal best then you will be fine."
WOW! You have to love when your spouse really helps put life into perspective.
I was worrying about so many unknowns. Unknowns that, for the most part, I
So, we had our first rehearsal that kicked off our annual retreat and my
fears melted away. As the retreat continued, the singers were bonding before my
eyes! I saw them coming together and enjoying each other's company. It didn't
hurt that we had hayrides, folk dancing, and a dance party with Mr. Pedde and
Our retreat also had a leadership workshop with Fran Kick, and it was well
worth every penny! At this workshop they were stunned to hear Fran say he was
not going to tell them they needed to be leaders or why they needed to do
things. Instead, he spoke to them about life and that being a leader is not the
person that you think is in charge, but rather someone who does the right
thing. He told them that you only get out of life what you put into it. The
truth is always the truth no matter if you like it or not. If you pay
attention, respond appropriately, and put in what you want out of life, you
will go far.
We closed the retreat by talking as a choir and setting our goals as a
group. I was impressed by their goals and how they wanted exactly what I was
worrying about on the drive to the first rehearsal. They wanted to have the
tone that I had in my head. They wanted to push the envelope and take the
ensemble to a new level. It made my day!
I left the retreat energized and ready for a year of great music making with
a new group of wonderful singers! Here is to another year that will be unlike
any year before! Here is to another great adventure in the world of choral
Have a great season everyone!