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Tuesday, August 20, 2002


I went to the first rehearsal for the Requiem last night and thoroughly enjoyed myself. There was quite a crowd as they had expected about 200 and got nearly 400. We filled the sanctuary at the church where we rehearsed and they ran out of sheet music so will have to print some more off. What a great problem! There were some people there from the choir at the U so I didn't feel so alone and had someone to wave to. I ended up between two ladies I'd never met before who were very friendly so I had a good time chatting with them before we started.

I was worried since it's been over 30 years since I've sung anything like this and the last thing was Handel's Messiah which at least is in English but I didn't do too bad. I was listening so hard to everyone around me and watching the director that I was very mentally exercised. The director is good and he said this was the largest choir he'd ever directed. We'll only have five rehearsals before 9/11 but quite a few of the people have sung it before and most of the people have been in choirs before so we aren't starting from scratch.

The Rincon High School choir was there, which gave the choir a good balance in age. Granted they were there for credit but sang well and seemed excited about it.

We rehearse till 9:15 so I didn't get home till nearly 10:00 and it was another hour before I could get to sleep but I did have a good time. I'm amazed at how much I enjoy singing and wish I had started sooner but it always seemed like more trouble than it was worth. I'm thinking I may stay with the Masterworks even after the Requiem as I enjoy the classical music they do. The U choir is much more casual and we sing more folk or popular songs, which I enjoy, but there is something about singing the music by masters like Handel or Mozart that just makes me feel so great.

Rachel Aschmann 2002.
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