First Try

Tonight I get to try something totally new: the premiere of a new ensemble.

When we created the idea of RAMChoir, it was to give an extra opportunity for more tenor/bass singers, and to attempt to positively affect the culture of the school.

I think we’ve achieved that: tonight we’ll have 40 singers on stage, including 2 dads, 1 teacher, students from 4 of the 5 curricular choirs, and at least a half-dozen from the top concert band.

We had pizza night, a cosplay competition, laughter, and of course much singing.

Tonight’s concert is a culmination of many things for me – a year of growth with the Rockford Aces, our last performance this year of Michael McGlynn’s May, saying goodbye to five graduating members. I’m excited for all of it. But one of the things I’m most excited for is the chance to introduce RAMChoir to the world, and see where it goes.

There is a special magic to trying something for the first try. Of course, there is always the real possibility that it might not work, but when it does, it can profoundly alter your trajectory.