Choir Practice

I’m sure I’ve said this before, but life would be so much easier if I was not an idiot. John Maclay has switched me from soprano 1 to soprano 2, and I didn’t realize that meant I was in choir 2, not choir 1, and so I rehearsed all the wrong parts for the past week. UGH UGH UGH.

Oh smart people of the world, you must have such easy lives. Although probably not. I guess you have your own problems. Still.

Here is a choir-eye view of one of the most beautiful churches in Manhattan.


Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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4 thoughts on “Choir Practice

  1. Fellow Soprano 2!
    Welcome to our harmonizing ranks. I always dreamed of being a throaty glamorous alto, or a stunning soprano 1, but it was never to be.

    Thanks, BTW, for all the beautiful pictures of NYC and Manhattan. I’m a midwestern girl for life, but I do so love NYC (I’ve been twice but would go every year if I was independently wealthy) so your blog makes me feel great every time you post a picture!

  2. I love being a soprano 2!! Seriously. It’s harder, so I can’t say I welcome the additional work, but I guess I do because once I learn the part I get the absolute incredible joy of harmonizing, as you pointed out. I LOVE it. Nothing like it, it is the best. It takes the pleasure of singing in the choir up to a whole other level. I’m happy. And it looks like most composers give us plenty of opportunities to shine in the highest notes, so it’s not like there’s really much of a difference in range between a sop 1 and a sop 2. Sop 2’s are expected to be able sing the high notes too, just not as often.

    And thanks for the compliment about the pictures! I love taking them.. I get so mad when I’m at and I either witness some interesting action or see some cool sign and I don’t have my camera with me.

  3. Ha.

    Yeah, it’s some organ but they are searching for a new and better one. Dr. Patrick Allen is the organist and music director at Grace Church (and a very nice and supportive guy as far as I can tell). He has an enviable job, I agree.

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