Music Notes

Ben Berman

Our last choir rehearsal in June was such a fun experience for all of us. We were joined by four musicians who comprised a chamber orchestra for our Vivaldi performance. Beth Maliszewski, Samantha Tomblin, Julia Fendler, and Aimee McPeak are such fine musicians, and it was a lot of fun juggling instruments, testing tempos, and checking the balance with the choir.

In some ways, rehearsals are more fulfilling and wonderful than performances. With the exception of occasional especial performances, which are rare for anyone, performing is really just a glimpse into the artist’s world. The choir had been working on the Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi since way back in January, and yet the final presentation was only 35 minutes long. Was it worth it? Why put in so much time only for a brief showing? It is my firm belief that rehearsals are where true magic happens: the choir grows together and learns together. We overcome obstacles and challenge our fears more in a rehearsal than ever in a performance. This results in harmony that is more than just musical harmony.

The choir has grown immensely since September, due to their hard work, their perseverance, and by trusting each other. Sure, this makes performing easier, and performing more complicated things more manageable. If it were all just for the performance, then the rehearsals would have no meaning at all. So I challenge you to consider this over the summer: how has preparation changed you in ways that presentation cannot? What is so powerful about a group of people stumbling through a new piece of music and solving problems together? Would I be too bold to say that the end does not always justify the means?

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