On Tuesday, Westminster Choir traveled to Tampa for the Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA). But before leaving we stopped off at Douglas Andrews School of the Performing Arts for a workshop. It was a quick trip but very valuable. We were able to perform some piece for them as well as answering questions the students had about living as professional musician, being a student and balancing all of those responsibilities. One student asked about stage fright, a very common issue in our field. It was interesting to hear what our choir members had to say and the various kinds of advice they gave, such as remembering that the audience wants us to succeed. We also got to socialize with them over lunch and have a little fun.
From there it was off to Tampa. We had the evening off and got to explore the town. Tampa is incredibly beautiful right on the water front with riverwalks and a beach. Unfortunately, it was unusually cold for this time of year. I was surprised when I first went outside and immediately regretted my decision for not bringing a jacket.
Wednesday, we didn’t have call until 2:30. We rehearsed in the Tampa Convention Center for about an hour. After waiting around for a while we had our performance. The crowd was extremely receptive. We got a lot of positive comments from a variety of different teachers including a contingent of band teachers who were really excited to meet us.