I was reminded of two important somethings today at the end of a Mastersingers dress rehearsal. We were rehearsing the Sanctus and Agnus Dei from Beethoven’s Mass in C and had a mini orchestra (flute, oboe, bassoon, and a string quartet) made up of both students and pros. Two of the soloists weren’t there, so Dr. Miller and Dr. Quist stepped in. What I learned was this:
1. We are all here to serve the music. That’s all. No matter how great we are. We can be just starting out or DCA of the greatest choral program in the US — we all come humbly to make music together. We love serving something greater than ourselves.
2. Dona nobis pacem. Don’t sweat the small stuff. It all comes out right in the end.