Come sing the Hallelujah Chorus with Eliza, and Nannette, and the entire Mormon Tabernacle Choir! We have all been invited…virtually!
Here are the instructions from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
And an introduction by Nannette and Eliza.
Here are little snippets of Eliza singing the alto part and me singing the soprano part. So brave! I love Eliza! She is the age I was when my friends and I used to break into song at any moment and in any place. Through our earphones and in our imaginations we are singing with the choir. Very fun!
I’m quite sure that I am the world’s oldest vocal student. I love to sing! I took my first voice lessons in the ninth grade, almost 5 decades ago, and I have been singing in some way or another ever since. Because I was working every afternoon during high school I had no time for after-school rehearsals. I contributed by singing my little heart out in the Pirates of Penzance pit chorus–a chorus of “other singers” who sat together in the audience up front and added their voices to those of their fortunate costumed classmates on the stage. In high school and college I sang with wonderful choirs, but I did not major in music. I studied elementary education and took voice lessons on the side–no operas, no musicals, no European tours
Many of my high school friends were Jewish, but when it came to Handel and his Hallelujah Chorus, religion did not seem to matter. We loved to sing the Hallelujah Chorus enmass in Christmas concerts and in two and threes and fours on the bus traveling to and from football games, in the lunchroom, in the locker room, and in the halls of Beverly Hills High School. In our hearts and minds we were the Tabernacle Choir when we were singing Hallelujah!
In 1985 my mother auditioned and was selected to be a member of the Tabernacle Choir. It was a tremendous blessing in her life. I wondered at that time if I might ever have that opportunity. I observed my mother tirelessly travel to Salt Lake City for rehearsals and performances week after week, two and three times each week. I had five little children, lived an hour away from rehearsals, and had a husband who traveled a great deal. As I grew older the upper limit of the Choir’s age restriction came and went. My opportunity had run out while I finished raising my children and served several missions in the Church’s Addiction Recovery Program. Along the way the Lord did bless me with music though–great teachers and fun opportunities to do a little community theater (I did finally make it to the Pirates stage as Ruth, to the mountains of Austria as the Reverend Mother, and to Siam as Lady Thiang). In the years since college, however, my only consistent choir experience has been nearly every Sunday with our “limping along” ward choir. You know the one–two sopranos one week, no altos the next.
One night right after my mother became a member of Tabernacle Choir I had a dream. I dreamed that Gerald Ottley (former conductor) called me on the phone and invited me to come right on up and be in the choir–no audition–nothing. It was awesome! Well, maybe this year my dream will come true. Perhaps your dream will come true too! It’s our moment–you and I–that moment for all of us who love to sing and for any number of reasons have never been members of the Tabernacle Choir! Yes! We have been invited! So come sing Hallelujah in what may turn out to be the world’s largest ever virtual choir.
Almost every year of my adult life I have attended a high school choir Christmas concert. This year it was to see my oldest granddaughter Eliza sing in the choir. I am always so jealous when they invite all the alumni up at the end of the concert to join the current choir and sing the Hallelujah Chorus. This year was no different. I wanted to run up on stage and sing right next to Eliza and the girls. I’ve never been one of those alumni though, so I end up standing in good fashion and singing under my breath. Well, not this time. No, sir. I have the opportunity to sing out full-voice with the world’s most loved choir. I am going to do it with gusto and invite Eliza to join me.
As I am “of a certain age” the word “virtual” does frighten me a bit. I looked up the instructions for participating in this experience, and I must admit I am a little bit intimidated. Maybe you are too. Eliza and I had to employ the help of Mandy. Everyone has a techie in their family. Mandy is not really one of them, but she’s a willing soul. Get someone to help you. We decided to be brave and post a little snippet of ourselves actually making the video. Maybe it will encourage you to come sing Hallelujah too! After all, this year the Hallelujah Chorus singalong is limitless. It is a chorus made up of the children of God–no boundaries–and we want everyone who has even the smallest inclination to come sing “Hallelujah” with us. This world needs a lot more “Hallelujah!”
P.S. Bloopers are a part of every serious virtual experience aren’t they? Well, Eliza, Mandy, and I definitely had some good ones.