A Special Group of WomenAug 2nd, 2012 | By hen | Category: Choir Events, Personal Reports, Top Post, World Choir Games
Often rehearsing together for long hours, carpooling to events, competing with friends, sharing family stories and celebrating successful contests make the experience richer. Since joining the group, I have noticed how very welcoming and helpful in learning music and understanding the ins and outs of the chorus everyone has been. I think that is why I decided to audition for the chorus. I have never felt out of place or unwelcomed in the group.
A Dream Come True
Since I have not sung professionally in 24 years, I never expected to be able to sing at Music Hall. It is one of our most beautiful venues in Cincinnati. Although it seats 3,600 people it still seemed intimate and friendly.
Arriving in time to do a short warm up, we were able to hear Sothern Gateway Chorus warming up. The friendship among the choruses was amazing. Each time someone headed for the stage they left the room with well wishes from the other groups.
As we headed to the auditorium you could hear whispers of “watch the stairs” along the way. Once out on the stage the warm lights allowed us to see the audience. Hearing the audience laugh, applaud and rising to give us a standing ovation at the end was exhilarating.
There are special moments about the Games that I will never forget, like sitting in a workshop between a chorus from California (who were mostly Chinese) and a group from China, watching them speak to each other in Mandarin Chinese. I proceeded to e‐mail my mother about the fact that I wish I had learned Chinese when I was younger (I am actually full Chinese). In that same class the girl sitting next to me saw that I was cold and offered me her red jacket. Another event was while waiting for a workshop whose time had changed, two choruses sang for each other. Their directors’ found out that both knew the same arrangement for a Christmas song, so they sang it together.
The day that week two of the Games started, we walked in the parade from Duke Energy Center to Fountain Square. All of the choruses from the United States were waiting on one side of the large hall. One group started singing the Star Spangled Banner and all of the choruses joined in together. It was absolutely beautiful. But I think my favorite moment was when Lynn Hartmuth, our director and Holly Boyd, our manager stood on the platform to accept our silver medal. It has been an amazing 11 days.
Learning about other countries, their music and sharing Barbershop with others. Thank you for a fantastic opportunity we will never forget.