I want Mark to have the first word after a Cantata performance, but I want to add comments of my own.
Thank you, thank you, thank you! You’re the best! Our performance Sunday evening was top notch. I had one person even tell me that it was professional quality. I don’t know about that, but we were everything a choir should be in that performance. Mark led us there, but we got there in large part because we worked hard, including outside of rehearsals, and because we performed as a cohesive unit, truly watching our wonderful conductor.
I appreciate everyone who sent a comment about Mark. If you didn’t, you could still send something to me, and I’ll make sure that Mark gets it.
I was truly impressed, but not surprised, by how well you sang that little song for Mark. You sang together, with enthusiasm, and enunciating the words clearly. And you did that with just one quick run through in the school. I was thrilled to direct you, but don’t worry, I know my limitations. What it really showed is how good this group is, and how well prepared we were, thanks to our real conductor, Mark Smith.
I don’t yet have a tally for the collection. I’ll give you that information as soon as I have it. I took the recording orders to Peish Video Monday afternoon. You should have the recordings very soon.
I have a favor to ask. If you have friends or family members who tell you that they have thought about singing in the Cantata, encourage them. But I’m asking you to go beyond that, and send me their email addresses. We’ll add them to the blog list, and they’ll get the announcement next year about the rehearsal schedule. Frankly, we don’t need to have a choir that is much larger than what we had this year (about 80 singers), but we need to welcome new singers as we say farewell to veterans who don’t return.
Finally, thank you to our singers (and in some cases, members of their families) who helped with any of the non-musical, but essential things that need to be done (risers, program preparation, handing out programs, taking up the collection, getting the collection to me, programming the heat in the UPC sanctuary, collecting and archiving turned-in scores, locking and unlocking the school, helping with publicity, helping with singer registration, keeping and maintaining the candles). I’ve not put names to those tasks for fear of leaving somebody out, and I may have overlooked a task of two. This is not a one-person show; it’s a shared project that works because of each and every one of you.