Our concert last night went EXTREMELY well. I feel like all of us really stepped up to the plate in a big way. I feel really good about what we’ve done. I especially feel like our Liebeslieder Waltzes went tremendously well. I could not be more proud. We did have a little misshap when our organist forgot to come on stage for “O Nata Lux.” The first moment I think “PANIC!” The next moment I look over at Mariah and ask her to play it on piano. Not what I was hoping it would sound like, but it worked.
This semester conducting the University Chorale has been life-changing and a huge paradigm shift in the way I conduct and lead an ensemble. I’ve learned a great deal of lessons, and I’m not saying that because that’s what everyone expects me to say, I really have. The trick is making sure these lessons stick. I’ve loved working with these wonderful people and seeing them grow.
Now the hardest part of a choir with 180 participants is getting their grades calculated and imputed. This’ll take a while, wish me luck!