Pastor Bill Joins the Choir as a Beginner

By Bill Calvin on January 3, 2018

I wasn’t so sure it was a good idea to join the Bloomingdale Church Christmas Choir. However, I could not recruit others to sing in the choir without doing it myself. Thankfully, I wasn’t alone as a beginning choir member and the support for new singers in this choir is fantastic.

I received support from the Christmas Choir director, Bruce M, by way of his preparing sound tracks for each voice part, so that I could learn the tenor part of “The Hallelujah Chorus” while in my car. He also told me of how I could pull up a YouTube video and learn the tenor part for “Of the Father’s Love Begotten.” I could tell I was in the slow learner’s group of our choir so I asked our new music director, Scott Reed, if he would help me. For nearly an hour one Thursday afternoon Scott went through our Christmas selections measure by measure until I either got it or drove him to the brink of insanity.

On Christmas Eve when we sang, it was the best I had ever done with songs that are truly difficult. I wasn’t the only one who felt like I had accomplished something. Sophitia L had sung her first solo. All of us were part of something that was truly amazing – a newly formed choir that moved from pretty awful to pretty good in the space of one month. When we finished “The Hallelujah Chorus” on Christmas Eve there was genuine satisfaction that comes from a job well done as our worship of Jesus Christ.