Here is a letter I recently wrote to my singers in appreciation for all they do. I would imagine the sentiments I feel would be mirrored by many conductors across the country. Singers, thank you for what who contribute to so many people in so many ways.
Dear MOS Friends,
First, I want to thank you for a most remarkable concert this past Friday evening. When you receive a standing ovation in the middle of the concert you figure you must be doing something right! I appreciate, more than you know, all the hard work you put into this concert, especially during the week of the performance (three rehearsals plus a performance is quite a commitment). You sang beautifully and I am very proud of you. Next, I want to express my appreciation for the entire year of rehearsals and performances. Agreeing to be a member of MOS carries with it an acceptance to make many personal sacrifices in order to fulfill what is certainly a demanding schedule. I am very grateful to all of you who have honored that commitment and helped make this one of our finest seasons of music making.
Now we look forward to a new season and to all the possibilities of beauty it will include. Many of you have already gone through the reaudition process (and lived through it) and I’ll be seeing many more of you in the next few weeks. I hope you understand this is something every serious chorus undertakes (some do it every year) and it is essential for our long term growth and improvement.
Don’t forget it’s not too late to sign up for Summer Singers! The group is shaping up nicely (currently about 140), but I’d be happy to have some more of my MOS regulars, especially MEN!
Thanks again for everything you do to enrich my life and the lives of so many others.