Greetings and Happy Holidays from the ICC!
Tis the season to be... Well, you can fill in the blank. For the average person in the world, this time of year becomes more chaotic due to extra gatherings with family and friends, shopping for gifts, baking, and all of the traditions that come with the holiday season. However, when you are a musician, and more importantly a music teacher, you then add to the list extra bookings in the community, extra rehearsals and the dress rehearsal, and the actual performances just to mention a few of the other activities. However, even though we seem to be going 24 / 7, I would not change it for anything! I love this time of year. The music is so up lifting and brings a smile to anyone who listens.
Our singers look forward to singing pieces like the Bach Ave Maria to The Christmas Song by Mel Torme. In one season we can span every musical time period and expose our audiences to new and interesting music that they may not normally listen to. We are invited out into our communities to share our love of music and demonstrate the power of choral music. We are able to go out and change lives.
Tonight I have a booking with one of the ICC choirs at a shelter for children. It is one of my favorite performances all year. We collect socks, pajamas, and coats for them to help make their holiday a little brighter. The choir will go into the performance as they do any other performance, but leave a very different ensemble that will carry something special in their hearts this holiday season that will change their sound for the rest of the year.
Tis the season to reach out and touch hearts and change lives. I wish you all the very best as you prepare for your upcoming performances and I look forward to a very exciting New Year!
Thank you all for your work with young people and sharing your joy and passion for music with them. Have a wonderful holiday season!