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I'm done with choir.

After the Christmas Eve service, I'm out. The director has insulted me for the last time. The whole choir heard what happened. I took the trouble to learn music despite being sick, and he told me not to sing it. I was singing it perfectly. And he still told me he didn't want me singing the part. Suddenly, I'm not good enough. So after Friday, I'm gone. And so are my parents. My mom was so upset by this that she was crying. I'm surprised the other sopranos didn't walk out.

It's time to finally find a new church. Now that Katie doesn't work there anymore, there's no real reason for us to stay.

I'm only singing Friday at all because I can't imagine NOT singing on Christmas Eve. The whole reason-for-the-season.



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Dec. 23rd, 2010 10:00 am (UTC)
{{{HUGS}}} I wish I knew somethingcomforting to say. I'm sorry; I hope you find a better church and choir. I know I really miss singing on Christmas Eve.

Have a Merry Christmas anyway.
Dec. 23rd, 2010 11:20 am (UTC)
That's terrible, KM! It's so ridiculous--so against everything church and its choir is all really all about. You know that saying, "When you sing to God, you pray twice"? That director needs that stamped to his chest. What a terrible example he sets! It doesn't matter if you were singing well or not. You're giving yourself not to him, but to Him, and adding to the appreciation of the service for everyone.

We have a few musical students who sing or play, usually at post-communion. They're still learning (okay, they're actually quite terrible sometimes), but even our nitpicky choir director smiles and gives them every welcome, and our music director asks them back sincerely, because they have their priorities straight. It's not about perfection, but about love and giving. In fact, we have a firm belief that the Mass isn't complete without a flub, and we smile through them, because we remember we're human, and we're praying twice as best we can. I can only pray that all church "leaders" eventually remember that, too.

Well, Happy Christmas to all of you, and best of luck in finding a new church. It will be a fortunate one to receive your family.

Dec. 23rd, 2010 08:56 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry about this. :( I hope you find a new Church
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