Choral Caffeine: A Wake-up Call
Date: April 18, 2012
No matter how fast we work, it seems as though the “To Do’ list grows out of control at this crazy-busy time of the season. Unfortunately, amid the myriad details swirling around us in that twisting vortex, it is all too easy to lose sight of the humanity of our craft. We become bedazzled by the product and forget the power of the process.
Writing in the most recent edition of the Oklahoma ACDA newsletter, Tutti, Darla Eshelman puts this into clear focus for us:
If you were a medical student practicing appendectomies, you would take your work very seriously because you could imagine that some night at 2:00 a.m. someone is going to come into your emergency room and you are going to have to save his life.
Well, my friends, someday at 10:00 a.m. a student is going to walk into your classroom, or perhaps at 8:00 p.m. someone is going to enter your concerts hall, and bring you a mind that is confused, a heart that is overwhelmed, a soul that is weary. Whether they go out whole again from your rehearsal or concert will depend partly on how well you practiced your craft.
May we all be encouraged to embrace every teaching and conducting moment with this knowledge of why choral music really matters.
Think about THAT 30 seconds from now when the next student enters your office . . .
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