With the season's first rehearsal just days away, I am reminded of a conversation I had with someone who was thinking about auditioning. I was giving them the old gung-ho about how much fun Chorale is. She looked at me skeptically and said "I've sung in choirs, rehearsals are not fun." Undaunted, I continued the sales pitch, "Oh, the Bagaduce is way different, rehearsals are great, practically the best thing about the Chorale, etc. etc.
But are they really fun, and if they really are fun, could they be funner? (yes, this is a real word, though to be avoided in formal writing, which this ain't). Well, ask yourself this question: have you ever come into a Monday night Bagaduce rehearsal after a wholly hellacious day at the office, and then we all started making music together. And by the time you walk out of the rehearsal hall, the cares of the day have been replaced by a song or two or three in your heart.
"But", you say, this is just anecdotal evidence, is there hard data to support this?Yes, by golly there is! The survey results are in and this is what the membership of the Chorale says. Forty percent (40%) say rehearsals are the funnest (yes, this too is a word!) part of the whole Bagaduce experience. And sixty percent (60%) say rehearsals are among the most important parts of their entire Chorale experience.
"But" you say, "doesn't that mean that 40% think that rehearsals are not fun? Not necessarily Watson, the survey indicates that 19% think that performances are the most important part of the experience (but is it possible the second most important aspect to this 19% is rehearsals), 22% think that improving their vocal technique is the most important part of the experience (And my dear Watson, one could plausibly argue that most of that improvement occurs in rehearsals, which means they find rehearsals beneficial, and, one can speculate, even fun), and finally, 3% think socializing is the most important part of their experience (and my good Doctor, does not most of this socializing occur during rehearsals?). By my count Watson, that means 104% of the membership think that rehearsals are fun. That number is....HUUUGE!
So there you have it, Bagaduce rehearsals are empirically fun! But we are not an organization to rest on our laurels (whatever they are and however one rests on them). Therefore, we will be leaving no stone unturned (figuratively speaking) in pursuit of making rehearsals even more funner this season. The Board of the Chorale has thrown down the gauntlet (after first defining and then locating a gauntlet to throw) and already, change is in the air (so to speak).
Food for thought: "I prepare myself for rehearsals like I would for marriage" Maria Callas (somewhat cryptic, but sounds like she spent a lot of time prepping (a very good thing indeed) and that maybe she felt she needed a lot of practice for the marriage thing, sort of like "Sex in the City"?)