My name is Deborah Cox-Hulgus and I’m a BCS mom. My son, AJ, sang with BCS for three years, and I’d like to share a little of what’s involved behind the scenes when you are a member of the choir.
When you join BCS you will meet a group of brand new friends who will be learning and performing by your side! You first meet your fellow singers at each new season’s Sing Camp, held on a Saturday morning in late August. Part pizza party, part practice, it even includes a short performance to get everyone in the swing of singing again.
Then, you rehearse every Tuesday evening for about an hour and a half. Rehearsals give you a chance to practice music with the whole choir and learn all about singing techniques. Mr. Lawley, the director, makes rehearsals a time of education, serious practice, and laughs. He makes those 90 minutes fly by – and when you finish, you know all kinds of new things about making music.
As a BCS member, you get your own music folder that you take home to practice between rehearsals. This ensures successful rehearsals and polished performances. Practicing on your own also gives you a good shot at getting a solo!
Then there are the concerts. BCS performs at least four times a year. On stage, all that hard practice pays off. Audiences love BCS! It feels great to hear the applause and the compliments of people who hear you sing with your choir after months of working to get the music just right.
My son often said he liked to sing really challenging pieces of music – and have them finally sound like a professional recording! He also liked signing autographs at the Missouri Music Educators Association conference.
by Deborah Cox-Hulgus | Feb 16, 2015
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