Keep in mind too that even if you DO find 3 other parts to give
quartetting a try, sometimes it doesn't work out. I've been wanting to be
in a quarter for over a year now. Twice I have found 3 other other people
to agree to sing with me. Twice, for different reasons, it just has not
worked out. A lot of people know I'm looking too. One of these days it
will work out.
SAI Region 16
> Ed -
> Boy do I feel your pain. I've been in the same situation since moving to
> South Dakota from California (quartet heaven!). You, at least, have
> other chapters to draw from. Many of us are in areas where anything
> within 200 miles still involves only your own chapter. It can be
> frustrating, at best.
> Please do not think of quitting your chorus because you will be a "riser
> rat." That's like cutting off the whole blood supply. Take a pro-active
> stance within your chapter. Become the quartet chairman; teach tags and
> get people involved in quartetting that way; get the Barberpole Cat
> program running to pique interest in quartetting. You never know who
> might be lurking in the background of your own chapter just wishing
> someone would invite them to sing in a quartet.
> And, as a competitive quartet singer, you can be of invaluable service
> to the chorus in helping them become better singers. That's exactly what
> I have been doing. Am I still frustrated at not being in a quartet? You
> bet! At least I know that I am helping bring along new singers and get
> them interested in more than just assuming their perch and warbling away.
> Just my meager thoughts.