SING FOR JOY

Today I would like to talk to you about something I love to do when I am not blogging. SING! 🙂

I feel so fortunate that I have the amazing opportunity of singing in THREE choirs!  I say amazing, because I LOVE music, and I LOVE to sing, but I do not have a solo voice, and I would panic if I ever had to sing alone (never going to happen—for many reasons). I have been singing in some sort of choir off and on since 7th grade. Don’t try to count it up—it is a lot of years.

Several years ago, I signed up to sing in a non-auditioned summer group, and after the director asked me to (which is the only reason I was brave enough), I auditioned for a choral ensemble in the Atlanta area, and was chosen.

Wow. I had no idea how much my life was going to change. Singing in the Lynn Swanson Festival Singers is a HUGE commitment. We rehearse every Monday night from 7:00 to 9:30, and I have to drive an hour each way to get there…through Atlanta traffic…in the dark….through the never-ending construction…dodging every truck in the southeast on the deadliest stretch of road in Georgia. But so worth it.

The music is challenging, to say the least. And we have to MEMORIZE most of the pieces. What?? Memorize, you say???  At your age??  Yes, it is possible. I laugh at my friends in the church choir who protest mightily when our director asks them to learn a few measures by heart. I have learned that “fear of memorization” is mostly laziness. It does take some time and effort, but singing from memory is pure joy.

This year, as if singing in LSFS and the church choir were not enough, I added yet another choir commitment to my schedule, because the William Baker Choral Foundation founded a new group in my town, and we rehearse five minutes from my house. Of course, this means learning and memorizing even more music, but I have decided that when you are doing something that you love to do, it is not difficult.

http://www.festivalsingers.org/

Just to keep this blog in the fashion category, do you like my concert attire? HAHA  I hope so, because all the singers wear the same thing.  And please don’t judge the footwear. You would wear flats too, if you had to stand for a two-hour rehearsal followed by a one-and-a-half hour concert. And the black  hose are mandatory. 😉

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Thanks for reading, and I hope that every one of you has something in your life that you love as much as I love singing in choirs!

 

 

 

8 thoughts on “SING FOR JOY”

  1. Oh no, I would love to come see you sing. Dec 3rd I am going to the SEC game and tomorrow I have an engagement with my 6 year old Granddaughter to see her sing.

    If you come back, please put your schedule out early I would love to see you.

  2. Oh how wonderful!!! I should have known you were a singer — you actually look like one. That’s probably another reason I’ve been attracted to your blog. I’m a lifetime harmonizing alto. I would love to be a part of a community choir but right now my vocalization is limited to church choir and yes — I sing solos. Ugh! I hate it. But they keep asking me so I keep doing it. God bless you and your singing.

  3. I am sooo impressed that you are singing in so many groups. And joyous indeed! This subject had me so excited that it brought back happy memories of my younger days singing tenor in a female quartet with my sister & sister-cousins. Also sang in church choirs so I know the joy of singing, especially harmonizing alto and tenor parts. I do like your concert attire and the pic of the entire choir all in black/white is stunning! Happy harmonizing :))

    1. Thanks, Kay. Three choirs is probably a bit much, but it is great for now! I hope you find a way to sing in a group again. There is nothing more fun than harmonizing.

  4. Susan, your outfit, plus your hair, make-up and pearl necklace look so beautiful! You do look like you’re radiating happiness. Wow. What a wonderful thing to have this in your life. I hear you about memorizing. I took an art history class and the memorizing was so so hard. I’d have to memorize right before I walked into class to retain it! Well, good for you for doing it. Work that brain muscle!
    Hope you have fabulous concerts this season!

    Julia
    http://www.whenthegirlsrule.com

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