Howdy from Salt Lake City!
What do the Chamber Singers from USC (maybe the best collegiate choir in the country), the Metropolitan Chorus of Tokyo and the fabled King’s Singers have in common? They’re all here taking part in the American Choral Directors Association national conference. Absolutely inspiring singing, and in the equally astonishing Tabernacle acoustic. Oops – almost forgot to mention the The Real Group (a five-member Swedish vocal jazz ensemble) – talk about rockin’ the house….
There are a dozen Ragazzi boys here participating in three different national honor choirs. I’m staying in one of the honor choir hotels, but I’ve only bumped into two of our high school (YME) members – late this evening. They were … positively bubbly(!) after their first day of rehearsals for their big performance later this week. You’d think they’d be just as tired as I was after a long day (OK, OK, almost as tired – there is that four decade differential), but no, they were stoked.
That’s one aspect of the transformative power of choral music. It’s one of the reasons we encourage and help boys and young men participate in national and regional honor choirs. They bring that energy back with them – that energy and the knowledge that they can take their game to the next level at home, too.
—Executive Director David Jones