What summer vacation? We’re *busy* until we start singing again this fall!
We happen to think the workshops are a great experience – no matter what your skill level. But don’t take it from us. Take it from one of our singers, Cherilyn Blumenthal (soprano one). Who by the way, wasn’t a member of the choir when she came to us last summer. So these are all her words.
(Although we *completely* agree that our director is amazingly talented.)
One day last summer, I noticed an advertisement for the VCS Vocal Workshop in our break room at work. I had been toying with the idea of taking voice lessons or finding a local choir to join, and seeing that advertisement felt like divine intervention!
Singing was an important part of my life when I was younger. It had social and academic meaning, and was an artistic connection I shared with my mother and grandmother. Over the years, I had let my vocal training fall to the wayside and found my talents largely relegated to the car.
When signing up for the workshop, my only expectation was to give my voice a good workout and determine if there was any magic left in my pipes, but I gained so much more.
First, there was the instructor – the amazingly talented Jennifer Rodgers Beach. Jennifer has a gift for using visual imagery to convey the vocal techniques used to produce different effects.
Second, I learned that, even though I knew myself to be a competent second alto, I was an equally capable first soprano. Talk about a shock! Jennifer spent a good deal of time teaching us how to work through the transition points in our ranges and better exploit the high and low ends of our ranges.
Finally, there was a moment in the workshop that pushed me beyond what I thought I was capable of, giving me a renewed sense of confidence and accomplishment that was so far above and beyond what I could have anticipated at the beginning of the day. That one moment will be with me forever and was worth so much more than the price of admission!
The wonderful people I met that day and the incredible coaching I received, inspired me to join VCS, and what an amazing season it has been. There was my solo in the first song of the first concert of the season (talk about an initiation!), getting to know my inner first soprano, all of the great friends I have made, and the challenging music we have mastered together.
The best thing that came from seeing the VCS Vocal Workshop advertisement on the board that day, though, is hearing my niece and nephew singing the music I am sharing with them, and knowing that the connection I shared with my grandmother and mother is continuing to bind us all across generations.