This weekend, my high school choir is celebrating its Diamond Anniversary. The Manchester High School Roundtable Singers started as a select choir (one you had to audition for) 75 years ago. My choir director has been there for 24 of those 75 years. I remember auditioning for RTS for the first time my junior year. I was so nervous! You had to sing scales and My Country 'Tis of Thee in front of Mr. Tyler in a giant room by yourself. I was surprised when I made it into the group. Senior year, I made it again and served as the soprano section leader, which meant I was in charge of sectional rehearsals.
I've always wanted to learn how to play the piano, but never did. As section leader, I quickly learned how to play the soprano part with one finger (very poorly), but well enough to rehearse with the 12 or so other sopranos.
Alumni are coming from all over the country to take part in the reunion weekend and concert Monday night. I will be participating in the Saturday rehearsals, and I'm very much looking forward to it. I went to the 60th anniversary alumni weekend in 1998 and since my high school class doesn't have its act together with the whole reunion thing, I haven't really seen anyone from high school since. This is the first time I live close enough to home to drive instead of fly, so I'm looking forward to reconnecting with people in person rather than just on Facebook. It'll be interesting, and I'm a little nervous.
I'm also wondering what it will be like to sing again. I was also in choir in college, but aside from going to various karaoke bars while I lived in Cincinnati ten years ago, I have done zero singing. I do use a lot of the same skills from choir in television news, though. A big thing we were taught early on in choir is to not telegraph your mistakes. That's a good rule to use in TV, too. Unless it's something you have to correct- like getting a fact wrong!
I think the sound of the group will be amazing. It will potentially include everyone from freshmen in high school to people in their mid-90s. How cool is that? Plus, I will get to spend all day Friday with my family. Double bonus!