Stick Time: Defying Expectations
Date: August 19, 2014
Watching choirs succeed is just a bucket-full of fun!
That’s why attending an ACDA conference is such a joy. We have the chance to not simply hear wonderful concerts but to celebrate the months (or years!) of incredible effort that landed a choir on that distinguished stage. These choirs didn’t buy their way into that venue (as can be done in some revered halls), they earned that performance slot.
It’s a special treat to hear middle-level choirs sing at a conference, where such ensembles are not nearly so common as are high school and collegiate groups. Our colleagues working in junior high and middle schools face the common problems of inconsistent recruiting, shrinking budgets, and pernicious administrations. In addition, these good folks also struggle with rapid turnover of singers, often dubious literature options, and the maddening vagarities of the changing voice.
So, when listening to this performance by a middle school mixed choir from a recent ACDA divisional conference, ponder the height of the hill that had to be scaled to get there. Then join us in celebrating their accomplishment!