The Carnival of Ward Choirs

December 14, 2008 | 3 comments

On the sweetness of Mormon life.

Recipe for the Best Stake Choir Program ever:

Divide one stake two months before Christmas.

Release the old stake choir director.

Neglect to call a new stake choir director until the last of November.

Call up each ward choir director and tell him that the stake choir is in shambles and the program this year will be his choir and the other ward choirs each performing one piece from their ward choir program.

Have the word get around that the stake choir program is in shambles, so lots of volunteers come out of the woodworks with music they’ve been wanting to perform but have never been asked to.

Have more than half the stake show up, but refuse to open the overflow into the gym.

Conspire to make normal Mormon congregational music mediocre, so that spirited singing will stand out by contrast.

Have a congregation who are having some personal problems and worries, mainly economic.

Open with a prayer for the Spirit.

Mix well.

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3 Responses to The Carnival of Ward Choirs

  1. Naismith on December 15, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    You left out “Make the stake choir program the same day as most ward choir programs.”

    Both my adult child and their spouse are amazing musicians, so I got to run herd on the grand children TWICE yesterday.

  2. Adam Greenwood on December 15, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    Naismith, I wasn’t being sarcastic. It really was the best Stake Choir Program I’ve ever seen.

    And, uh, thanks to Grampa for watching the girls while we sang.

  3. Ray on December 15, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    Adam, I have been astounded more than once by what happens when a group of sincere but mediocre singers are mediocre in practice, pray and sing with the voices of angels. I have seen it happen so often that it finally stopped surprising me. It never does get old, however, and it never does lose its wonder.


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