Just got back from a rehearsal for "Africa," which is the piece I'm singing in with the SUU choir and the Orchestra of Southern Utah. This was the choir's first time rehearsing with the full orchestra (or any orchestra at all, as a matter of fact). And it was downright frightening.
I excuse myself because I have had the music for less than a week and have only rehearsed with the choir twice before tonight. The rest of the choir has had it since the beginning of the semester. And, actually, except for one passage in which the director told me to learn the alto and then changed her mind and put me on soprano yesterday, I'm really doing fine.
Scary as it was, it was just so invigorating. Who cares that the entire choir had no idea what notes to come in on? (We have been rehearsing only with our parts...we didn't even have a piano reduction of the score, so it took us a few tries to understand exactly what the orchestra was doing when we come in.) I had so much fun. Yes, I've been singing with a community women's choir, which is pretty good. But this is different. They are the top choir at SUU, and though quite small, they are almost as good as the choirs I sang with when I was in college.
I just never realized how much I would miss it. And even though it's taking a quite bit of time and effort, it's totally worth it.