Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Here I am! I was gone from Thursday through Monday, and life has been very very busy! Where was I? I was in the British Columbia Youth Choir! It was a couple days of 7 hours of choral rehearsal, and it was exhausting, but it was wonderful! There were hard moments, just like anything, but it was really amazing. 39 of us between the ages of 17 and 24 from all around the province singing together for 3 days. Wow! There were several of us from my choir, and we had a lot of fun together, meeting new people, and getting to know others even better.
We drove a ways and took a ferry to where the event was held this year, and got there in the evening, welcomed by an absolutely stunning sunset. The hotel was modest, and the rooms small, but it didn't matter. It seemed that everyone piled into our room that evening, and we all sat around playing with make-up, taking pictures, singing songs, making jokes, laughing, and just spending time getting to know one another.
In the morning, we got up early and ate breakfast at the diner downstairs (the strawberries were weird and tangy... odd?) and then headed up the very steep hill to the church where we were rehearsing. Rehearsed all day. My back hurt. Then we ate pizza, and sat around getting to know each other better. People are amazing! Seriously, this province is teeming with amazing musical kids! Afterward, several of us went up to Dairy Queen and shared blizzards and such, which was fun. We even got them free, as I found a $10 bill on the ground! Then down for a walk along the beach in the dark, singing ABBA on the playground swings. Good times!
Rehearsals continued to be long, grueling, intense, and so very worth it! I love to sing! On Saturday evening was the formal banquet, for which we all dressed up and ate tasty food, and sold rubber duckies (and turtles, and dogs, and pigs...) for a fundraiser. So fun. Even though I was in an odd mood that evening. Sunday morning we sang for the service of the church we were rehearsing at, at lunch, rehearsed more, and then headed down for our dress rehearsal and finally, our performance. It was incredible. This was ChorFest 2009, and I loved every minute. Seriously, performing with 38 other people, most of whom I hadn't met just days before, and all enjoying the music and becoming a tight-knit community is absolutely amazing!
Then more food. And then more laughs. And then the ferry home. And so many more memories than I can ever share here.