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Singing School!

I taught my singing school today, and it was fabulous! The chorus director just barely managed to escape from a luncheon so she could get to the rehearsal on time, but I had already corralled some of the singers to help me set the chairs up in a hollow square. The setup intrigued them, which was a good first start. We got everyone seated fairly quickly, the choral director introduced me, and the rest of the class period was mine.

I wish I'd had more than fifty minutes, but we got so much done. I gave a lecture about the history of Sacred Harp and of singing schools, and everyone paid attention. (This impressed the choral director -- apparently they're not so well behaved for her.) Then I told them about the shaped notes, and we got to sing. I taught them a tune called "The Promised Land," which was the first shape-note tune I ever learned. They got it pretty well, though I think I might have chosen something shorter if I had it to do over again. Unfortunately, class was up by then. I invited anyone who wanted to stay after a break for more singing. Most people left for other classes, but a small group stayed behind, and we learned two more tunes, "Invocation (First)," and "Russia."

Several people came to me after the main lesson was over to say how much they enjoyed it. I was so pumped. The choral director was happy, I was ecstatic that my very first singing school had gone over well, and it was a grand day in general. We're even discussing doing it again next year. I might take a day to travel back from Chicago and lead another singing school, maybe in the fall.


May. 4th, 2006 11:59 am (UTC)
Hi FP. I am currently nominating stories for MEFAs and I wanted to nominate the Nan Elmoth Apprentice - but you're not on their author list, are you? And I think I need to give them an e-mail address so your author liaison would be able to contact you. Would you mind being nominated? You could e-mail me via SoA if you want to respond off-screen!
May. 4th, 2006 12:05 pm (UTC)
I'm flattered, and I'm glad that you liked the story that much, but I'd prefer that you didn't nominate it. I don't like the idea of fanfiction awards, and I prefer not to participate in any of them.

But I do appreciate that you asked first, before you nominated. That was nice of you.
May. 4th, 2006 12:32 pm (UTC)
OK. I like these ones because they're all about commenting on things you've enjoyed, which seems to make them more of a Good Thing. And they list lots of stories you might not have found otherwise. But nothing like this should be taken seriously!


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