Monday, 15 December 2008
Our stake choirside was last night. I am feeling somewhat relieved from the stress of it.
Our Ward Choir performed the On Christmas Day Children Sing with the percussion, and I feel that it gave us a little edge. We had over 45 participating with us. Other ward choirs were not as large (nor as tight). The Canyon View Stake mustered an orchestra of two trumpeters, organ, and full strings. There was no significant rehearsal for the Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah. The stake procured 100 copies of the choral edition years ago and they pass it out each year for the congregation for an impromptu performance. It makes a humdinger of a finale for the evening!
My ward choir has a dress rehearsal Saturday morning for Sunday’s Christmas service; involving the choir, narrator, violin and vocal soloists, children, piano duet, and eleven piece chamber orchestra, plus two speakers—50 minutes in all. We have been rehearsing the choir for over three months. The orchestra will have met three times before the combined performance.
All of this excitement will end for me with the last chord of the Christmas service. I have been called to serve in our stake’s Young Special Adult Ward and will be replaced as Choir Director. There are mixed feelings for me. Our Ward Choir is super and is getting bigger and better each week.
The final instrumentation for the ward orchestra is flute, oboe, horn, bassoon, piano, three violins, viola, cello, and doublebass. Many of the players are youth. The orchestra will be used only for Christmas this year. All of the orchestrations are original except for Handel’s Glory to God from Messiah.