I joined BCCO in Jan. 2001 when we were starting to rehearse for the world premier of Julian White’s The Children’s Hour. I felt I had a creative side, though not in a conventional way, and was searching for a way to get it out. I tried drawing and took some classes but that didn’t stick. I had never sung in a group before but could say “I love singing Christmas carols!” (I even remember singing them one June on my paper route when the feeling struck me!) In the ‘90s I had taken several singing classes at Piedmont Adult School: first, operatic voice, a few years later ‘pop song’ and then finally in 2000 choral singing. I made a vow to myself that this time I wasn’t going to drop the ball and, in the day of the internet, was able to locate BCCO. (When rehearsing Children’s Hour, though we had about 150 choristers listed in the program, others told me that the numbers were down since many of the regulars didn’t want to sing a modern piece! In my beginners mind it didn’t matter.) After constant, nearly daily rehearsing, under Arlene’s guidance I did my first choral performance in May 2001. The true highlight of that performance was when Maestro White took the podium to reprise the final stanza of the work, Adonai. He radiated such warmth and connection with the chorus via his work, I choked up as my eyes moistened. Ahh, creative at last!
That season, being a newcomer, I was befriend by a few BCCO stalwarts, Susan and Peter Lindh, both tenors at that time, and Sara White, our spunky, redheaded section leader. There was a camaraderie that developed between Sara and me as her spirited self tapped into my playful side and we developed a rapport. Though she was 20 years my junior, we would giggle and whisper through rehearsals. As I recently relocated her and she confirmed, it was Sara who coined the often heard cry in our section “TENOR POWER!” [P.S. Sara says “hello” to all those that remember her.]