If felt like a miracle to me. The Bishop Maginn Choir was officially launched last Thursday, they held their second practice today, they are already working on their Christmas Concert.
Today I heard some angels singing, it will be a treasure to see them grow and learn.
Choir Director Judi Merriam is the real deal, charismatic, exciting and full of talent and enthusiasm. She really knows how to inspire and lead a group of eager students.
I was proud to see that they met in the new music room, filled with chairs and music stands – and a new Casio keyboard – all things that the Army of Good purchased. I hope to buy the choir members colored T-shirts and help them get to the concerts where they hope to perform.
A reader of the blog has donated a Grand Piano which will go into the school gym for concerts. Miss Cindy, a professional accompanist is helping Judi to teach music to the brand new and enthusiastic choir. Neither one will accept any payment.
I believe this choir will be one of the most important things we could possibly do for the school, I see them singing for the school and also serving as ambassadors for a school with a heart and a mission. I think I might be bawling at the Christmas concert.
They are a powerful symbol of courage, determination, and resurrection.
It was a delightful shock to see the energy and innovation Judi has already brought to the choir and this very old favorite Christmas carol after just two classes. “I am very impressed,” she told the choir today. Me too.
I wanted you to see what you have done, and what Judi has done, so I took two videos today:
The first one – a short one above – captures Judi’s innovative ideas for “Jingle Bells.” The second shows her energy and leadership, she goes to the next level.
It was just like watching a maestro lead an orchestra, and that’s probably because that’s what Judi is, a maestro. She is confident and clear and upbeat. She has a lot of heart and feeling, I wanted to join in more than once. Bishop Maginn is fortunate to have her.
The longer view was fascinating to see because it shows how a professional can teach music and fire up students. It also shows how a creative conductor and singer can re-imagine an old song like “Jingle Bells.” She really brought it to life, and the choir got more confident by the minute.
This choir is going to be great, it’s nothing short of a miracle, and you made it happen. Thanks. I think I ‘ll be back next Tuesday, I’m eager to see this progress and chronicle it if I can.