As we have entered our fall season, our new normal in the music world still seems to be changing daily. I hear from colleagues who are scared as their churches reopen or their choirs come back in an unsafe manner, I hear from friends who are adjusting as COVID numbers keep rising, and from friends abroad who are beginning to have to readjust yet again. I am thankful to be serving a church that takes our health seriously and that despite the challenges of the current virtual world, we have adapted and are worshiping and singing on – mostly remotely, but also safely ringing and recording when and where we can.
Here are the things that I have learned in the last seven months:
- Zoom choir rehearsals actually have the bonus of allowing sections to chat while I am rehearsing with other sections and nobody (read: the music director) is bothered!
- My adult choir is resilient, energetic, and funny, in the midst of all that is 2020.
- The moment of the handbell choir ringing again for the first time after 6 months of silence in the choir room was some of the most beautiful ringing I’ve ever heard.
- My children bell choir keeps me on my toes more than ever and we’re only a few rehearsals in!
- No pandemic, no noisy lawnmowers during outside recording sessions, no spotty internet connection, no frustrating virtual recording experience, and no power outages can stop us from the joy of connecting and making music together.
For those of you who have either faithfully attended choir rehearsals/happy hours, or rejoined this fall, thank you for enthusiasm, patience, commitment, and faith. For those of you listening online, I hope you can feel our joy of being together even when apart. For those of you who do not have access to our livestream, know that I pray for a day when we will raise our voices again together.
To God and to the Lamb I will sing, I will sing;ELW 666, What Wondrous Love Is This
to God and to the Lamb I will sing;
to God and to the Lamb, who is the great I AM,
while millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing,
while millions join the theme, I will sing.
And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on;
and when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on;
and when from death I’m free, I’ll sing God’s love for me,
and through eternity I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on;
and through eternity I’ll sing on.