Post #33 How I Messed Up (1)
It was a hard lesson to learn that any frustrations I had with a choir were usually directly related to something that I wasn’t doing very well.
Werner Erhard – of ‘est training’ fame used to point out “Ever notice that when stuff goes wrong in your life – you’re always around?”
There was one rehearsal many years ago now when I guess I was being inept – because all of a sudden, helpful suggestions about how to fix a technical problem started raining down on me.
We were only a couple of weeks away from competition, and a couple of uncertain comments from me had triggered the grinding of many axes. I felt as if I was being challenged, and my resignation began to write itself in my head.
I excused myself and went in search of a phone. I called a choral director friend and asked her to coach me through this mess. Between the two of us we developed a plan of action – but we realized that there was some technical and organizational stuff that I had to get better at.
I’m always amazed that any time I improve my directing or rehearsal skills, the choirs improve almost instantly – and become happy, cheerful, optimistic and attentive!