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I Knew This Would Happen Someday

January 16th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Dear Choir Members,

As you know, I was released today after nearly eight years as the Valley View Seventh Ward Choir director. I can honestly say that it has really been a wonderful assignment and I have loved nearly every minute. Of course, I worried a bit when people don’t come and I worried a bit when we needed to perform and that number is not quite as good as I thought it should be.

I worried a bit when there was a radically different group at choir practice this week than there was just a week ago.

I worried a bit when the choir stood to sing and I noticed a few brave souls that had NEVER practiced the song we about to perform or, even worse, had never even been to practice.

I worried a bit, but it all seemed to just work out.

There have been some really wonderful times for me. I remember our choir parties at the Moench’s cabin and double practices before our Christmas Program. I remember one week when we performed a number that we had neither warmed up for nor practiced prior to the performance. It was wonderful and I don’t think that anyone (except us) noticed. Yes, you are that good!

I have been blessed with your association and your undamped willingness to be a member of this ‘volunteer’ organization. I have been blessed to find such amazing music to work with and that you, as a choir, have taken on the challenge of learning more difficult and involved pieces. Remember how difficult we thought Master, The Tempest Is Raging was? I think back on that and listen to you sing that and it continues to really thrill me. What about I Need Thee Every Hour, Did You Think to Pray?,and especially Praise to the Man!? Not only did members of the congregation enjoy and comment on our performances, but even the children did. I remember when a 12-year old stopped me after meeting (we’d sung Master, The Tempest Is Raging) and told me that was the neatest song he’d ever heard.

I have appreciated you contacting me when you were not going to be at choir and dropping me little notes telling me you liked something or didn’t like something else. Mostly, I have appreciated your friendship and support. You have made me feel like the greatest choir director in the world and I simply could not love you more than I do.

I don’t know who will replace me. I hope that you will support whoever it is (I know you will) and as my new assignment allows, I’d like to come and sing with the choir again.

Sincere thanks and much much love,

Arnie

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