December 12, 2017
Dear BUF Chalice Choir,
Our Ceremony of Carols was a thrilling experience!
I haven't slept well for the last two nights just reliving it.
It helped us all stretch, grow, risk and bond! It gave us faith and satisfaction and a mysterious pleasure, and it filled me with awe and gratitude.
I think our choir created a fuller, richer, more expressive and more skilled sound than we could have made just months ago. For that, I thank the miracle of group determination, blending each person's best efforts together with love and discipline.
I thank Britten and the medieval poets, who themselves would have have readily passed our thanks along to spiritual inspiration outside of themselves.
After thanking each of you singers in the choir, I particularly thank:
*Brendan, for his tuneful solo which so delicately balanced power, fragility, sincerity, meaning, resolve, poise and otherworldliness.
*Karen FitzGerald, for preparing the fabulously musical Womens Ensemble
*Melanie, for accompanying us through all our learning and then contributing her lovely, agile soprano voice
*Ruth Ann, for providing encouragement and inspired teaching in generously volunteered section rehearsals
*Al, for providing helpful rehearsal tracks
*Jill Whitman, for her sheer virtuosity and warmth
*Lisa Moss and the choir committee, for keeping our energies focused and for carrying off a totally successful fundraiser
*Robin and Geoffrey Matthews for the great party
*Rev. Paul and Kathy Wahto, for promoting and supporting us, and keeping the BUF ship afloat.
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I'll see some of you tomorrow at the rehearsal for the Christmas Eve service.
Merry Christmas, everyone.