We're coming up on the most important week of the Sweet Adeline's year: the annual International contest and convention. Once each year, the top choruses and quartets from around the world gather together for education and for a week's worth of contests.
|Performing in the SAI International competition - a dream come true!|
So next week, the SAI International Convention is going to be held in Baltimore, MD - my old hometown! (Ironic that I move away from MD the year before the contest is going to be there, huh?) My chorus in Maryland, the Harbor City Music Company, is not competing this year (choruses are only eligible to compete every other year at most), but we will be performing as an exhibition chorus to open the entire competition week. How exciting!
|SAI 5th Place Medalists - Honolulu - Nov, 2013|
Next week is a big deal. I mean, it's like, a really big deal. We've been preparing for this contest for an entire year. I've been focusing these last few weeks on just staying calm and confident and healthy, and trying not to get freaked out. But it would be really easy to be freaked out. Like, a lot. The way I've been singularly focused on it, sometimes I think that I've lost perspective, that I'm treating it as an important world event. I was venting with a friend yesterday about all the stress I've been feeling and the fears and concerns and worries I have about it, and at the end of my diatribe, I apologized for making it sound so overblown in importance. My friend reminded me that while this may not be as important as other aspects of life like health, shelter, food, etc., the fact is that this is a big dream for me, and I shouldn't feel bad about making it important in my life.
Next week, as my quartet mates and I move through the busy week full of events and performances and contest results, I will stay in the moment, enjoying each laugh we share, each song we sing. I'm so grateful for this in my life.