Almost Christmas 2015 and I’m thinking about the difference made this year by all of the singing groups that I’m privileged to direct.
Their performances helped to raise $6000 for the local food bank, $55,000 for an organization that fosters projects that create hope and joy in our priority neighbourhoods, and $3,000 for local churches. They donated funds so that a local woman could get a cochlear implant and raised funds for a local soup kitchen, and a women’s addiction recovery centre.
The community breathes just a little easier because of these efforts.
There’s the singing itself. Our audiences have been moved, cheered, comforted and entertained – which all on its own would make it worth doing.
There’s the difference made to each group of singers as they work together towards the common goal of excellence. Not many places where there’s such an opportunity for moment by moment excellence. Until we all first stood in the middle of a powerful ringing chord infused with emotion, it was an unimaginable experience. Some chorus members are living this for the first time, and the veterans keep coming back week after week to recreate the experience – with even more intensity – as technique improves, awareness increases, and hearts are more open.
That makes a difference to all of us.
And for me – well, I have wonderful enthusiastic friends who want to play this game with me. And that makes a huge difference in my life.
Thank you to those of you sing with me – and thank you to those of you who honour the work I’ve done by reading these posts!