Beginning a Chorus, beginning a blog, beginning a job. I have been thinking a lot about beginnings recently.
BEGINNING A CHORUS: A few days ago I talked with Michael Cohrs, the founder of the Gateway Men’s Chorus. He said that our Chorus began recruiting members by posting signs in the bars and holding a meeting at the local Metropolitan Community Church. From simple steps great journeys begin. 25 years later the Gateway Men’s Chorus is a cultural institution in St. Louis, performing to hundreds and hundreds of people every year.
BEGINNING A BLOG: What is there to say? I hope there is much, but we shall see. I intend to post blogs twice a month or so, letting the world know what we are up to at the GMC, letting the GMC know what I am up to, just generally being in touch and reaching out. I will be publicizing big events we’ve got going on, as well as ruminating on programming and challenges. As a not-for-profit arts organization we know about challenges. But exciting things are happening at the GMC: a 25th anniversary year, looking forward to GALA next summer, and beginning the dance with a new Artistic Director: me!
BEGINNING A JOB: My predecessor left the group in fine musical shape, and with high expectations of itself: not a bad position to start from. I have the music for our December concert selected, and am well on my way to setting our March program as well. I have already been rehearsing with our four section leaders, recording our rehearsal tracks for the first concert cycle. We laughed long, hard and often as the ideas flowed for how to present certain numbers. I have written some new pieces that will be premiered at the next couple of concerts. I have been chomping at the bit ready to begin, and have been nervous and a little relieved that the beginning was still a little way off. Beginnings are hard… and exciting!
Gateway Men’s Chorus