I conducted Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” yesterday for the last time in what might be a very long time at the Brewster High School Winter Concert. My first 3 times conducting from atop an absurdly tall box (which was once painted like a Christmas present as a prop under the tree for Seven Star’s Nutcracker Ballet) were different from last night in that this year I invited members of Symphonic Strings and more band students than necessary to play in the orchestra ensemble.
After all, all the choirs sing together in this concert finale, and many alumni return to participate. The orchestra has a difficult time projecting up and over so many singing bodies (they’re behind this massive choir — and that’s my head poking out from the back), so my idea that “many hands make light work” when it came to the instrumental parts was a bit more effective and exciting.
I will be sad when next December rolls around and my baton has been passed to some other orchestra teacher, but I’m glad to be making memories to save.