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- January 14, 2019 at 1:35 pm #585684bakedb4ssParticipant
This is my first post on here, but from what I saw, this is a great site. So, to my question. I am a Junior in high school, and have been in a chorus since 3rd grade. I’ve been around and involved with music for so long, and I enjoyed it the entire time. But, as of recently, I find my chorus groups more of a chore rather than a fun activity. For the sake of argument, I participate in a total of 5 choirs. 3 at my school and 2 at my church. I participate in both the beginner choir as their president, the audition choir as their vice president, and the Men’s group as their president. At my church, I am part of the Cantata choir, as well as the gathering music quartet. This is where the problems begin. In all of the choirs I sing in, I sing the low Bass part, considering not many others who participate can. I’ve essentially put myself in a hole. If I quit, all of the groups I’m in will be hard-pressed to find another Bass(music in my state is not very well funded, so not as many participate in it). Music is my life, but I don’t really enjoy it anymore. But, if I quit, I’m afraid that I’ll lose all my friends I’ve made through music, and all the memories that I’ve made during music. I’m a fan of the quote “A chain is as strong as its weakest link.” I feel as though I am that weakest link. I’ve never had the best voice, and that became painfully clear to me this year in particular. This year was now my 3rd year in a row, failing the District Chorus auditions. What made it worse, was that I, not only had the lowest score from my chorus, I was also the only person out of 19 to not make it in. Essentially, am I bringing down my choir simply by my existence? If I’m not adding much, and what I am adding is bad, then why should I stay in chorus? I apologize if this post seems sporadic or scatter-brained, I just have so much to give, but what I give isn’t any good. Thanks in advance.
-Robert NJanuary 15, 2019 at 8:37 pm #585791Nigel WilliamsParticipant
Short answer, no, at least certainly not all of them, and not all at once.
Longer answer, find someone, like a teacher, minister or aunt, that you can trust to talk about your feelings. This forum is great, but it is public. Give yourself a chance to discuss things off the record.
You are right about chains needing strong links. A good choir is more like a plaited rope than a linear chain. The components can strengthen each other. In solo singing, it is good for voices to be distinctive. In a choir it is better if no-one sticks out. It sounds as if you belong as part of an ensemble. It is all right for higher-voiced allies to take the burden from you at the top of the staff.
Lastly, think about your comfortable range. How big an effort is it to reach middle C? Most bass parts, and most audition pieces, go higher. If you are straining there you will be at a disadvantage. If that is because you are a genuine bass not a coasting tenor or a regular baritone, choir directors will always appreciate your lower register, at pitches where other voices are struggling.
These are just suggestions. I do not know all the circumstances. Do find someone you trust to talk to. You will be in my prayers.
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