What's that way down there below me? Oh yeah.....that's my comfort zone. I am way beyond it now. This week I was released from Primary (sniff, sniff) after 3 years and given a new calling. That's me on the right.
Yup, I was called as the Ward Choir Director. OH MY. I am quite daunted by this. I have modest musical talents. I play a little piano and can read music. I'm a good complementary choir singer, I can hold the harmony and help bulk up an alto section. I can even lead music. BUT I am not a real director. I do not have a good ear for hearing something wrong and being able to pick out what the problem is and correct it. I have almost no experience choosing choral music. How am I going to do this?!
In talking with the bishop, he helped put me at ease, at least a little bit. He expressed that it wasn't so much about wonderfully technical music, as much as getting people to participate. He gave me some pointers of who to ask for help in choosing music. He said it didn't matter that I don't have a proper director's ear, it matters that I just give the choir something to follow and can run through the music with them. *phew!* I can probably handle that. Steve gave me some good encouragement too. He reminded me the choir didn't need to be performing John Rutter, that singing hymns with a slightly varied arrangement would be great. Hmm...Maybe I can do this after all?
I'm still pretty nervous about how to manage this. It's pretty far beyond what I'm used to, but I've been in how many choirs, for how many years? I've probably picked up more than I think in that time. And if I'm struggling, I know some pretty darn awesome directors out there to lean on. And basically it all comes down to this:
PLEASE JOIN THE CHOIR!!! :-D