If you have attended even a single ACDA Conference, you’ve seen it. It’s the look on the face of every conductor as they turn to acknowledge the applause of peers at the conclusion of their appearance on the main stage of the Conference. One calls it “The Grin.”
But it’s the NEXT look to cross their faces that is the most profound and to our way of thinking vastly more important. It is the look of unrestrained pride in the accomplishment of the singers under their care – a feat that often bring tears to their eyes.
It’s a fair bet that most singers in the choirs we hear at Conferences don’t grasp the magnitude of performing for a room full of choral directors. But the conductor certainly does. One colleague summed it up rather nicely. As he stepped off stage following his performance at a recent divisional conference, he said to us, “That was the best thirty minutes of my career.” He wore the biggest grin one