This post is being written in the early morning of the day after an amazing concert by The Michael O’Neal Singers. There is no doubt the members of the chorus were tremendously ”aided and abetted” by the excellent Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra, and four outstanding vocal soloists (Katie Baughman, Heather Witt, Adam Kirkpatrick, and John LaForge), but this post is directed toward my beloved chorus. I am filled with thankfulness today for singers who have poured their hearts and souls for the past seven weeks into the preparation of one our great choral/orchestra masterpieces, the Mass in C Major by Ludwig van Beethoven. During the rehearsal process I have observed with appreciation as the singers have exibited a growing understanding of the music and an empathy with the intentions of the composer. All this resulted yesterday afternoon in one of the most satisfying concerts it has ever been my privilege to conduct. A major goal of any conductor is to be “in sync” with his or her ensemble. I felt that connection with MOS yesterday and I am enormously grateful for the experience.
Filed under: Choral experiences | Tagged: Adam Kirkpatrick, Beethovhen, Heather Witt, John LaForge, Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra, Katie Baughman, Mass in C Major, Michael O'Neal, MOS, singers | 11 Comments »