Welcome to Nina, soprano section leader and our newest choir blogger!
Well, our final concerts have ended, which leaves us seven weeks until we can sing together again. In these past three years of my time at WLC, I have found that the thing I look forward to the most every day is the hour I get to sing with these amazing people. I think that sometimes I take my choir time for granted because I always forget how much I miss it during times we’re on break. The choir members have become my family, and it’s hard not to see them every day. As I write this, I sit in the Wolf Rehearsal Hall, where I’ve spent an hour a day, five days a week, for the past three and a half years. My best memories, my most emotional moments, and my closest friends I’ve made in this room. I know that my days with this amazing choir are numbered and it’s a constant reminder to make the most of my time here.
Last Sunday’s Christmas concert was very hard for me. I didn’t realize that it was my last time singing Christmas music with the choir until someone hugged me while we were backstage, saying through tears that she will miss me next year. My attitude completely changed at the moment. I was given the chance to step back and watch everyone enjoying time with one another. I have mixed feelings about being a senior. I can’t help being a little envious of the freshman. They have three years ahead of them to spend time with the people I have come to love. My advice to them is to make the most of every moment, don’t take anything for granted, don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone, work hard, and leave everything at the choir room doors when you walk in.
I also really enjoyed watching the seniors that I entered the choir with. It’s awesome to see how much we’ve grown, matured, and stuck together these past years. I wouldn’t have had a chance to meet some of you if it wasn’t for choir. Singing together is such a unifying experience. Music in general is such a unifying thing. While we all have different majors and different interests, we all share our love of music. That is so cool! It must be God bringing us together, right?
I can’t express how much pride I have in the Wisconsin Lutheran Choir. We’ve come so far and worked so hard to be where we are now. The work paid off because we acted as a true ensemble these last four concerts. We listened to each other, fed off of each other’s emotions, and praised God together. Being in a choir like this one is a unique experience. At the end of the day, it isn’t technical precision that makes an amazing concert, although it certainly does contribute. What really makes our concerts special is our attitude of praise and humbled hearts. God gave us the gift to sing, and our purpose on earth is to serve Him! It’s completely natural for me to give Him all the praise and glory, and I’m sure it is for everyone else.
I am so excited that I get another semester with these wonderful people, Dr. Nowack, and Dorothy. I praise God for every day I have with you. Let’s work hard and have fun these next few months!