There is nothing quite like a “first.” Your first steps, your first day of high school, the first time you live away from home, when you first… well, you get the point.
Joking aside, the first concert of tour was the most exhilarating experience. It’s when the tedious hours of rehearsing, the tiring staging process, and the hours and hours of travel finally mean something. It all falls into place. Especially after staying in the homes of some of the people in the community, you feel connected to the performance space and the audience. On top of that, we’ve been building ourselves up to this moment.
I can’t fully describe the connection we feel as a choir to people who haven’t sung in an ensemble. I can try, bu45 hearts together and having all of our collective emotions flow together into a sound. When Dr. Miller molds our voices, he is sculpting the raw human connection that’s there. Then, with an audience we had already bonded with and with all the hype that we had pent up, the concert was like a dam spilling over. Yes, we made mistakes and yes it was only just the beginning, but it was the most beautiful beginning we could have had.
To the audience at St. Ignatius: thank you for being so receptive, so willing to join us in singing and be a part of such an amazing, unique experience. We’re about to hop on the bus and head out to Connecticut (then NYC the following morning) but y’all will be with us in every concert we sing.