December as a Musician
The busiest (and often best) time of year.
- •Singing in the Colorado Ballet NutcrackerWhat? There's singing in the Nutcracker? Yes, in the snow scene. It's supposed to be a children's choir, but we make it work with two grown women. I get to sit in the pit and watch and learn from two amazing conductors (one of them has the ENTIRE score memorized!).
- •Managing events for a local choirThis is my favorite church that they sing at. This job is more music-adjacent, but I still *mostly* enjoy it. I confirm reservations with venues, find and train ushers, and generally float around and solve problems. I also get to listen to some lovely choral music.
- •Caroling at 16th Street Mall and the Butterfly PavilionMy favorite kind of music-making: singing with three fellow musicians, all of us graduate or post-graduate. Getting up and singing with talented friends is one of the most satisfying and pure sources of joy in life, and I can't get enough of it!
- •Directing my own church choirThis is my favorite thing on the list, and the occupation that's building my career the most. I'm incredibly privileged to work at a very open-minded, truly egalitarian and reconciling church. We're also the first certified green church in Denver! I get to hire a few soloists for Christmas to bulk up my small choir, and it's a fantastic chance to do some exquisite music.
- •Happy Holidays, everyone!