One week ago I went with my friend and neighbor, Morgan, to tag along with her to her choir practice. She belongs to a choir association that invites anyone to come and sing. There is a yearly fee and the choir performs at various events.
Aaron had originally volunteered me to go with Morgan, so when Wednesday came around I was complaining a little that I “had” to go. But, at the same time I was looking forward to the experience. I had talked to Morgan about it a few days before and she said it was very relaxed and I did not need to be nervous. (The unexpected can be nerve racking!)
We drove through the countryside and arrived at this tiny village, Le Pin, for choir practice. It was held in a room similar to a town hall. I was surprised at how many people were there. I was expecting a small choir. It was fun! I was welcomed with bisous from anyone I met and I immediately was singing right along side Morgan.
We began the practice with 15-20 minutes of warm ups. None of it was voice warm ups. We were doing stretches, breathing techniques, choreography steps, etc. I felt like I had just turned on an exercise DVD and we were “warming” up for the cardio workout. I’ve never had that experience before a choir practice. The rehearsal lasted 2.5 hours. They have a repertoire of 2 hours worth of concert songs. A few familiar songs included, “You Raise Me Up”, “Go Tell it on a Mountain”, “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and “Hallelujah”. The others that were practiced were in French and a few were origin to South Africa. The last 30 minutes of rehearsal was spent practicing the choreography for each of the songs. The conductor was frustrated because at the last concert a few women were not in sync with the “moves”. I sat out for most of this because they needed to be in performance positions. In the end I was very grateful Aaron volunteered me to go with Morgan. It was fun being with her and experiencing something new!