Monday, March 23, 2009
I've been the ward choir director basically since I went to college at age 17 (in other words, going on almost 14 years...) and whereas I have enjoyed this calling - I've never felt especially confident in my ability to do it. Sure I can read music. Sure I can choose choral music. Sure I can teach parts. Sure I can sing. But my hands have never had any formal training. I don't own a baton. I just kind of figured that I know more about music than your average molly mormon, so I always got the calling. This is how I see it - and it's not a bad thing. To be honest, I truly enjoy music. I love to sing. And I like leading the ward choir - I just don't see it as a huge talent or ability that I have. Well, yesterday I had the opportunity to lead our Stake choir practice. Here's some perspective: our ward choir averages 6-10 people per week. The Stake choir? 80-100. Yes, there's a little difference there. I was nervous about the idea of doing it - and even wondered what on earth the real stake choir director was thinking in asking me to substitute for him - but once the practice got started, it went smoothly. In fact, I enjoyed it. It was amazing to be a part of such lovely music-making. I felt like I was spreading my little choir-director-wings for that hour and a half last night. It's fun to see how God helps us to stretch ourselves when we might not think we're able. It was wonderful.
Articulations by Jill Pierce at 10:21 PM