by Jung Jin Kim
I can’t believe it, but I have already been here almost three months. For the last three months, I have really been moved by our choir’s great singing. I thank you all for a warm welcome. I am especially impressed by the dedication and openness of the whole choir. Even though we are a small number right now, our choir has a lot of potentials. Also, our vocal range is incredibly wide. Everyone is already musically well-trained, and so talented.
With the coming of the Spring, I pray that 2022 will be a year of restoration, rejuvenation, revival. My goals are as below.
Choir Gathering: On February 3rd, eleven members of the choir met and discussed about the plan and filled out a survey.
Choir Cleaning Day: On February 8th, several volunteers came to church and cleaned out the music library and choir folder slots. We sorted out all the old anthems too. Robin Holbrook is willing to serve as our new music librarian. She will also make sure that the online music database is the most up-to-date version. I want to send a big shout-out to her devotion.
First Choir Rehearsal: On February 10th, we resumed our Thursday’s choir rehearsal.
First Singing in the Worship: On Ash Wednesday, we sang our first anthem for this semester.
Lots of Great Music Planned: Our choir rehearsals are all about having fun, singing, and getting back into the swing of things.
Various Repertoires: Music is a joyful and meaningful part of our worship services. We’ve practiced 16th-century motet and 21st-century gospel music in the same rehearsal.
Weekly Choir Updates: Every Thursday morning, I’ve sent a weekly update email to the choir.
Providing more Written Documents: With a one-person operating system, there might be confusion. To better information, I prepare a more written version of the documents. (Thursdays: Take Note , Sundays: Music Focused Order)
Wearing Robes: On March 13th, we restarted to wear the choir robes. It looks so nice!
Extended Rehearsal Time: Since March 17th, we extended our rehearsal time. (Thursdays – 1 hour and 30 minutes, Sundays – 30 minutes)
Trying to Find an Intergenerational Opportunities: Isaac just joined us!
Including Various Instruments: If possible, I want to include various instruments. Please let me know if you want to make an ensemble with the choir.
Organ Music: I will keep providing top-notch organ repertoires for every worship service.
Vocal Warm-Up Packet: We always want to improve our vocal quality. I plan to collect various vocal warm-up examples from several books and build a packet for the choir. We will do it with purpose.
Invitation & Recruitment: We are always looking for new members. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you are interested or if you know someone who wants to join us.
Sometimes people come to worship and the music opens their hearts and minds in a way that nothing else can – so that they can hear the scripture and sermon and worship. I encourage the choir to keep up the good work!!!