I’m starting my last morning of Rockford Aces retreat with a trust fall. We’ve done it for the last four or five years, and I find the message to be powerful.
Choirs are built on trust.
You won’t really sing subito forte if you don’t trust your neighbors to join you. So without trust, dynamics get eliminated.
You won’t express deep emotions in rehearsal or performance until you trust the rest of the ensemble enough to be vulnerable. So performances become devoid of meaning.
You won’t give up the time to practice outside of rehearsal unless you trust that your fellow singers are doing the same. So progress dwindles.
Choirs are built on trust. Without it, every aspect of music-making is lessened.
The faster you can build trust, the better off you’ll be.