Monday, November 05, 2007

Church choir on a whole different level

I love a good choir! Have you ever heard a choir perform Handel's Messiah (the Master Chorale will be doing highlights Nov. 30 & Dec. 1) Mendelssohn's Elijah or Mozart's Requiem (my favorite movement is "Lacrimosa")? There's truly nothing that can compare.

I've spent a good portion of my life performing in choirs. Some were small ensembles, some were course requirements and some required an extensive audition process. But that's what you do when you love music. Just ask the members of The Mormon Tabernacle Choir. In a recent article it was noted that around 300 Mormons responded to the choir's recent invitation to audition for the choir. At the time they were looking to fill only 32 slots in a 360 member choir. But being able to sing is only the basic requirement. Auditioners must be between the ages of 25 and 55, Mormon, recommended by their bishop, live within 100 miles of Temple Square and pass a written test for musical aptitude. Whew!

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