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Two Words You Must Hear

(NOTE: It has recently been suggested that we re-post this column to remind all of us in the choral profession of the incredible value of our daily efforts.)
 
        With the new choral season upon us, you will soon settle into a regular schedule of teaching and rehearsing, pouring yourself into the wonderful process that is at the heart of our craft.
        Through the ethereal experience of choral music, you will change lives.  In the coming weeks and months you will inspire with your passion.  You will expect the best from those around you – and they will rise to the challenge.  You will discuss the meaning of profound texts.  You will find a way to help a room full of people achieve more than they thought possible.
        Even though you aspire to a greater good through our art, “life” will happen.  You may catch the flu, dent your car, fight with your partner, sprain an ankle.  Through all of that, though, you will still walk into classes and rehearsals day after week after month.  Somehow, you will find the energy to motivate, you will discover the insights needed to inspire, you will muster the patience to face countless challenges.
       Those around you will probably not think to say this, but we will:  Thank You.
       Thank you for the energy, the passion, the care.  Thank you for the high expectations, the attention to detail, the sonic image you work to share.  Thank you for the missed meals, the late rehearsals, the sleepless nights.  Thank you for hearing the siren song of this art, and for following that call.
       Those whose lives you are changing may not see the value of what you do for many years, if ever.
       We know.
       Thank you.
 
on August 14, 2012 3:28pm
Scott,
Thank you for so eloquently expressing the "pat on the back" that every conductor needs from time to time.  After 57 years of experiencing the life you have just described, indeed, the reward is in seeing lives change.  And I'm not done, yet!
Marilyn Carver
Applauded by an audience of 2
on August 16, 2012 6:20pm
It is rewarding to see children learn to carry a tune and match tones
using the solfeggio method.    It works for adults too.   It is confirmed
by the song "Do, a Deer" from Sound of Music.  
 
Music affects the lives of all ages.  "After silence that which comes
nearest to expressing the inexpressible is MUSIC."--Author Unknown.
 
Music teachers and music directors--you influence the world for good!
 
Ruth Bergstrom Jones, Lancaster, California.
on August 25, 2013 7:54pm
As I start my 32nd year of teaching music in the public schools, I really appreciate your words.  Sometimes I wonder if I can do this again, then I see those kids and the passion kicks in.  It's nice to know we are appreciated, so Thank You.
 
on August 29, 2013 1:28pm
Thanks for this post, Scott.
Blessings to you for all you are doing for ACDA, as well.
 
Bob Boyd