Music Miss – Appreciating Choirs

Pickerington Choir.(Photo: unknown)
Pickerington Choir.(Photo: unknown)

When I was a freshman in high school I was in a choir class. I absolutely loved to sing. Fortunately for me, but unfortunately for the class, the course didn’t require try outs before signing up for the class. Although I can carry a decent note, I am not exactly the world’s best singer and I can hardly read music.

In my defense, I am not the musical one in my family. That’s my step brother. I have always been known as the brain. In choir class, I had the hardest time sight reading music. Sight reading involves being able to sing a song without even hearing the melody. You are expected to be able to know the tune by just reading the sheet music. To this day I have no idea how they do it.

At least everyone else in my group was able to sing well enough to compensate for me. We even went to regionals and managed to score a two. My freshman year was the last year I was in choir. In order to continue, I would have had to try out and sight read by myself. That would have never gone over well.

I wish I had been able to continue, but now I am able to truly appreciate how much work goes into singing in a choir. Recently, I was surfing the web and noticed Musica Sacra with Christopher Purdy features two hours of sacred choir music on Sundays at 8pm on WOSU 89.7. I look forward to tuning in to hear the beautiful sounds of the choir.

-Jessica

Comments
  • Bob Finney

    Jessica fell into a trap all to common to young and old alike. She assumed it was too late to learn something and that everyone else already knew how to read music, etc. As long as she can carry a tune, she has a place in most church choirs. Numbers overcome ability and through the years she would have learned to read music. Reading music is a little like reading books, in that even beginning readers will be able to participate. As time goes on, and with practice, singers will be able to read music better and faster. At this point, gettign and following good direction is much more important than good reading.
    I would encourage Jessica to join a choir now. She will learn to read music as fast as she wants to. She will enjoy the singing.