Not too long ago i found myself sitting quietly at the back of the ACJC Heritage room listening as the current batch of J2s were bid farewell by the teachers as well as the J1 batch.
It’s a rite of passage that I went through myself, oh, just about 10 years ago.
Most of the farewells were sad. Some touching. A lot of them filled with encouragements and blessing for the future.
It made me reflect on my own thoughts about choir. And i think the most shocking thought to me is that it HAS been 10 years since I was last in this situation.
My, how the years have passed.
Okay just some quick thoughts.
2 things I learnt from choir:
You can’t produce a product/performance you’re proud of without a lot of hard work and effort. And the discipline displayed by all involved does come through and adds that extra special touch. It’s the ability to turn up for practices on time, to make sure you memorize your part on your own and watching the very nuanced motions of the conductors hand. You have to be so focused and so controlled (even in an avant garde piece) it’s incredible. But the results are amazing.
2. Listening to others
You can’t be a part of a choir if you don’t listen to the other parts being sung around you. Because it’s not about you, it’s about the *ahem* greater good. I remember one saying whilst being in the choir: ‘there are no soloists in the choir’. Ok, each person could easily sing solo and it would sound nice but there is no choir without a group that’s unified in harmonising with one another. In fact, that’s it, the gist of being in a choir is to be in harmony. Corny, i know, but oh so true.