Magic Choral Trick #132 Why We Work So Hard At This

This Trick is not a physical tip about singing, but simply a reminder about the depth of work in which choirs and choruses are involved.

Here are some of the reasons why I work so hard at this:

The joy of being part of a group of people all intensely focused on excellence

The energy and feeling of rejuvenation at the end of a great rehearsal

The physical sensation of being enveloped by the sound of voices singing in harmony. It feels like it’s good for us.

We’ve all envied those flocks of birds that swoop and soar and dive all in perfect formation. This is the next best thing. The sense of the group energy field feels ennobling

The women’s Barbershop organization that I belong to has a wonderful slogan: “Ordinary Women Making Extraordinary Music”. Just calling what we do extraordinary makes us all want to do and be more.

The encouragement of excellence is not something that shows up regularly in most of our lives. What makes this experience exceptional is that we as individuals are not exceptional. Music making at this level becomes the embodiment of exhilarating teamwork.

And of course there are the goose bumps – forearm, neck and scalp, and full body goose bumps.


About janetkidd

I've been waving my arms in front of choirs now for more than 35 years - and these are descriptions of all the very best things I've learned. I direct a Women's Competitive Barbershop Chorus, a Men's Competitive Barbershop Chorus, a Med School choir, and for a few weeks each year - Big Choir (about 100 voices) - which performs at an annual fundraising concert. Hope at least some of these Choral Magic Tricks will be useful to you - and thanks for reading. Janet

Posted on May 5, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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