Yesterday was our Spring Retreat at the First Baptist Church of Merton. We would like to thank them immensely for allowing us to use their beautiful church for our rehearsal space. We started the morning off with coffee (lots of coffee) and lots of treats. Aside from Chant Claire members loving to sing together we love to simply enjoy each others company. Once everyone had arrived we started warmups as singing early in the morning can sometimes be difficult. We then jumped right into rehearsing several of our pieces for the spring concerts. Several of the pieces were new to us as we just received the music for them. That is always one of the joys of singing, diving into a new piece that we’ve never sung before.
After that we moved into the main worship space and ran through several other works. The men and women then split up into sectionals where we worked more in depth on our parts to really get a feel for the music and work out details and any spots that we are unsure on. This is one of the best ways we learn our music as much of the work to learn what we sing is done outside of rehearsal time. Most of our rehearsals are dedicated to fleshing out the details to really make the pieces come alive. Once we finished sectionals we came back together to run those particular pieces as we always do.
But along with all this hard work we’ve got to have some fun! We played a few icebreaker games to learn things about each other that we may not have already known. It’s always fun to learn more about each other and it helps us work together better and make our friendships even stronger.
Then came everyone’s favorite part of the day… Lunch! There of course was more food than all of us could devour as many people brought treats along with the pizza provided. It’s a great time to relax and talk with friends. It also allows us to meet new members and learn more about them. We work especially hard to make sure new members feel welcomed. It’s a huge part of who we are.
After lunch we ran through several more of our pieces and then we all packed up and headed out to Camp Whitcomb Mason to rehearse with Germantown High School. Many of the members of Chant Claire are music educators and the director at Germantown is one of those people. He thought it would be a great idea for us to have a collaborative concert with his choir and so we decided that combining our retreat with their’s would be a great experience for everyone. We will be singing Dan Forrest’s “Requiem for the Living” with them in May (more information on that coming soon!). We ran through all of the movements with them and it sounded absolutely amazing!
Overall it was an incredibly successful retreat!