I blew it the first time.
At the CMAA colloquium, we had virtually everything we needed to follow along at the two Latin Masses during the week. The problem is that it was spread out throughout the 250-page book.
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I got to the organ loft before the funeral to find a mystery singer. This isn’t unheard of, but it’s kind of annoying, as Super Funeral Organist, to not have heard about this until, say, I get to church. Now, I do not mind mystery singers, as long as I know about them ahead of time.
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I do mind them when they’re just announcing their presence half an hour before the funeral, however. But as a pro, I realize these things happen, and it’s probably not the fault of the mystery singer. Still, grumble. But wait! There’s more. A mystery organist would be showing up, just to play the last song. Continue reading
Last night was my first choir practice at my main parish. And as we kicked things off, I felt an energy I haven’t felt during a practice in months.
I spent time talking about the CMAA colloquium, which was a big factor in my new feeling of energy. I told them I learned a ton and would do my best to impart what I learned to them.
And we had a fantastic practice. They quickly learned some new stuff, and I was able to use some techniques I learned to help them find their notes. It went very well. I was happy, and so were they.
I guess, before the colloquium, I had been in a bit of a rut. I had a lot of work, but I wasn’t feeling it as much. The love for church music is really expressing itself now.
I hope this lasts a long, long time.
As many of you know, church music isn’t my full-time job. I’m normally a weekend warrior, and I have a day job in Chicago. So, in effect, I work pretty much every day.
Which is leading me to consider: What if church music became my full-time work and I shifted to editing and writing part-time or freelance or even not at all? I’m thinking about it, very seriously, especially after my week at the CMAA colloquium (about which there will be a couple more posts when I have a chance).
There would be a lot to work out. The benefits wouldn’t be as great. I have a mortgage, so a pay cut is a bad idea. Job security for music directors isn’t the best. I would lose the social benefits from the day job. I need some more training to help me do directing properly (luckily, I have people lined up to help).
But there would be plenty of pluses. I would spend more time with sacred music. I could bring more people beautiful music, and train more to sing it. I could take a job closer to home, hopefully. I wouldn’t have to work seven days a week like I do now. I might have more time for a social life.
It’s a lot to think about. Please pray for me as I try to figure this all out.