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328Re: [KWChoir] Troubling question

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    Mar 8, 2006
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      Yes, you had an inaccurate picture of your own skills. And I've had lots of
      people thank me because they were sure they were going to be awful and they
      weren't at all. I think that's kind of a universal feeling. :)

      I discussed it with other choir members that we didn't want to add language
      that implied auditions or special skills beyond the very basic ones already
      mentioned - because we were afraid that people might pre-select themselves
      out. We had folks who really couldn't read music, for instance, and it
      didn't matter. I drilled all the parts. But the point is that we don't
      want to add barriers to participation for the very reasons you discuss - the
      thrill that people get when they realize they can do it after all.

      Don Harrington
      Lazarus Artifex

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Susan Heemstra" <susanheemstra@...>
      To: <KWChoir@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Wednesday, March 08, 2006 3:24 PM
      Subject: Re: [KWChoir] Troubling question

      > Lazurus, I'm so sorry that happened to you! If I may gently add,
      > perhaps both of you could have done things differently. I will say that
      > you handled your issue with maturity and concern for the good of the
      > group. The youngster in question handled it with immaturity and
      > considered her own selfish needs first. It sounds like a no-win
      > situation. Bless the soprano ladies who considered "tutoring" her.
      > I would like to add my own personal story. I joined the KWC at Pennsic
      > 33 believing that I would open my mouth and everyone would stop and glare
      > at me until I slunk away in disgrace. The sound of my own voice scares me
      > and I will drop a tune as fast as it takes a knight to get up after a
      > blow. But thanks to Lady Anne's wonderful direction, and Lady Arriana's
      > wonderful soprano voice to follow, I not only was not asked to leave, but
      > was part of the best choral performance of my adult life.
      > I truly hope that all directors will have the patience to bring out the
      > best in their participants -- even if they aren't all that good.
      > Having said that, it doesn't sound as if that would have been possible
      > in your case. Hopefully, this is the worst thing you will ever have to
      > deal with in a choral group.
      > Yours in Service with $0.02 worth,
      > Susanna Merrybegot
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