I could spend time wallowing in disappointment. But what’s the point? There is work to be done, a choir to lead, practices to attend, etc.

So instead, I prefer to enjoy the success of my cantors at my main parish. Neither is particularly well trained musically; one barely reads music. But they have worked hard on a piece for the Exaltation of the Holy Cross this weekend. It’s a duet and a gentle little piece by Kathryn Rose (follow her on Twitter here) that we’re doing before Mass.

And last night, after weeks of work, they did it flawlessly, setting them up to sing it flawlessly this weekend.

They were thrilled. I was happy. It wasn’t an easy piece for them, but they got it.

Moments like that make this job well worth it.

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