The start of our winter/spring semester has had its issues to say the least! Our Monday and Tuesday singers had a lot of “snow days” and they have lost their spring break! Sounds like we are back in school.
But I do think that the weather will now cooperate. I had a chat with the weather gods and they know how important our singing is to us. And I asked for sunshine for our Monday and Tuesday singers. It has been pretty dismal. At least our Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday singers have fared much better.
Our brand new Executive Director, Mary Spencer, is really learning everything she possibly can about Encore. She has gone with me to some of the chorales and is really enjoying her position. We are lucky to have her.
Mary and I went to Boston (see photo) where I spoke at the American Choral Directors Conference on the topic of recharging, respecting and retaining our older adult singers. We had an exhibit table and met lots of folks who love our Encore program. No one else is doing what we do. And there was a lot of brain dumping going on. We constantly talked Encore and all the possibilities this great organization can accomplish. Very exciting time!
Our singers are enjoying the spring music. They are melodies that the audiences are going to love and go out of the concert hall humming. That is great for audience retention. And our singers love a full house to sing to.
I am close to the final choice for music at our Encore Chorale Institute at Washington College and also at Chautauqua. It will be very varied, very challenging, and very fun! I promise!
And………I just about have the Holiday music chosen. More classical selections! And some beautiful Rutter. I am going to ask the singers for their suggestions, so be thinking!
As I was sitting this morning overlooking the Bay, I could see the rising sun is definitely moving north. And it is appearing much earlier and that means daylight savings time is near. Ahhhhhhhhh – spring! The Osprey should be appearing in about three weeks. That is when I get excited. Just so they stay off our mast!!!!!