We are six months into this new Corona-dominated world here in Ireland. Like every other performer and Musical Director out there, I am sincerely missing my singing...... my choirs, being on the stage and performing myself, leading my singers, it really feels like distant memories. We all have gone either online or have taken a required hiatus. It's troubling to think that we honestly do not know when we will be 'back to normal' again. Music lessons thankfully have continued fairly successfully online, but choirs and stage performances, well, they're just not possible online really. Live performances are just not safe right now. Rehearsals are just not safe right now. And as much as technology is helpful, choirs simply can't function the way they need to using ZOOM. I truly miss the connection, the creative outlet, the music! (Gasp!) When will we hear an actual LIVE choir sing again.....it feels like it is forever out of reach (dramatic I know, but I don't think I'm the only one who feels that way)! Performers and Music Directors are at a loss as to what will happen next. Yes, we are creative minds, and we can adapt to some extent, but there simply is no substitute for that 'in-person' energy we Musical Directors get when we stand in front of our choirs and hear that harmony ring. so for now, we ZOOM and we imagine when we will be together making music again. The above pic is a snap from a few years back when I had the privilege to perform Faust in the Everyman Theatre. I remember feeling such a buzz from this number in particular scene- what an amazing cheer from the audience, what an amazing connection we all felt back to each other backstage (the same connection you feel with your choir when you perform together). I know we will get back to performing LIVE and IN-PERSON again someday..... for now, we must just make use of the technology we to have to hand (how lucky we are to still be able to share our music in some form) with each other and with the world. It is not the same, I know. Recording on your own and splicing audio over video, its not the same experience as being IN the choir. Recording yourself for the online world just is not the same as connecting ont he personal level to an audience and to each other, but it will have to do for now. So, my fellow performers, singers, and music-lovers, let's stay connected as best we can, and keep the music alive in whatever form it takes. Fill the internet with positivity and beauty. Happy Singing.
Thanks for sharing the article, and more importantly, your personal experience of mindfully using our emotions as data about our inner state and knowing when it’s better to de-escalate by taking a time out are great tools. Appreciate you reading and sharing your story since I can certainly relate and I think others can to
ks for sharing the article, and more importantly, your personal experience of mindfully using our emotions as data about our inner state and knowing when it’s better to de-escalate by taking a time out are great tools. Appreciate you reading and sharing your story since I can certainly relate and I think others can to
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Serena Standley, Soprano