Hello Big Voice Backers!
I hope that these winter months are treating you well! I am pleased to let you know that we have been forging ahead with the our BIG VOICE production capturing some truly compelling, thought provoking and engaging choir experiences.
As it turns out, the Santa Monica High School Choir serves as a poignant microcosm for our society.
Martin Luther King Jr. said, “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of humanity.”
Mr. Huls frequently presents this profound lesson to his choir students. This profound lesson seems to be at the core of what distinguishes a great performance from a good one. Many of the students who we have interviewed are aware of the importance of surrendering their solo voice to blend with their ensemble. Yet knowing they need to do this and actually doing it are two different things.
This surrender, letting go of the ego, is especially difficult for this driven group of students who pride themselves on their hard work and personal accomplishments.
They certainly do want to serve the greater good and blend into the choir, but they also want to stand out and be recognized for the individuals that they are. We can all relate to this very human struggle. I know I can!
In December the choir did serve the greater good by forging into the community to sing Christmas Carols. This is a great way to spread joy and to raise much needed funds for the Choral Department. Below are some pictures of Mr. Huls taking the Madrigal Ensemble caroling in the “Water Gardens” a complex of office buildings based in Santa Monica.
I hope you enjoy them!
May your 2012 be filled with good health, joy and love!