Musical Triumph

Last night was the annual Christmas concert at my school. It was amazing. After a month and a half of struggles, trials, and tribulations, it seems that all our hard work paid off.

We combined the Grade 3 and 4 classes this year to do one song. We sang “Up on a Housetop” but we added some instruments to our performance during the chorus. It sounded like this,

“Ho Ho Ho, who wouldn’t go,” some kids were shaking jingle bells along with the rhythm.
“up on a housetop,” the kids tapped on drums to simulate the reindeer walking across the housetop.
“click, click, click,” and students tapped rhythm sticks together.
“down through the chimney” – students struck the inside of triangles
“is Good St. Nick.” – everyone struck their instrument three times.

During practice, this never worked so well. Someone always played at the wrong time or was talking. We worked so hard to coordinate this but last night, they blew me away. It was absolutely perfect. Everyone sang with enthusiasm, played at the right times, and got a loud cheer from the audience. It was an amazing feeling to see all the hard work pay off like that.

The choir got to close out the show. We sang, “On Christmas Morning,” and “Old Toy Trains.” Once again, they really impressed me with their enthusiastic singing and projection towards the audience.

I think this was the best Christmas concert I have ever performed in. I didn’t even perform. All I did was organize the choir, hold lots of practices, and conduct them on the big night. Yet, it still feels just as good to lead a great performance as it does to be up on stage delivering one. It’s a great feeling and I love it!

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