Well friends, we are two and half weeks into school. For those of you who don’t know, I am in University Choir and Orchestra. We meet each week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-4:30 to rehearse. I absolutely love being in this group and having the opportunity to grow as a musician.
If you are familiar with the choir program here at CBU, you know that before school starts we have what is called “music camp.” Basically, it is three full days of rehearsing our music for the upcoming year. This year music camp took place on a Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday before school started. Monday camp started at 11 a.m. and we went till 9 p.m. Tuesday was from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Wednesday was from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Needless to say, they were long days filled with a lot of singing and a lot of standing. Music camp is a very rigorous and overwhelming–but rewarding–few days.
If you think about it, when we sing for 12 hours straight, we have the privilege of worshipping for 12 hours straight. Sure, for those 12 hours, we are pounding out parts and focusing on how we sound. However, we have the opportunity to do it all for the glory of God, and the songs we sing are worship songs. Trust me when I say there are times during music camp and even rehearsals when I forget why we are singing. There are times that I become so focused on what notes and rhythms and dynamics I am supposed to be singing that I forget that the reason I am singing is for Him.
If you are singing in a choir here at CBU, I would challenge you to remember why you are singing and who you are singing to. I can honestly say that it changed my whole approach to choir and changed what I have been able to take from choir. If you are not in choir, I would encourage you to come listen to one on a Tuesday or Thursday afternoon. We would love to sing to you and invite you into a time of worship.