Tomorrow afternoon we officially start heading to Spain! There are many emotions we have all been experiencing; nervous, stressed, anxious, curious, but mostly extremely excited! We’ve been busy rehearsing three times a week trying to perfect the piece we are singing.
The piece we are singing is a cantata that Bach wrote that is based on A Mighty Fortress is Our God which was originally written by Martin Luther. He was who tacked the 95 Theses on the door, starting the reformation. For those of you who aren’t sure what a cantata is, it’s a piece of music, usually around 25 minutes long, that consists of several different movements. There is usually a choir, soloists, and an orchestra. The soloists tend to be professional opera singers. Our concerts will have all these elements.
Unfortunately, but also fortunately, the alto soloist backed out of the concerts. Instead of trying to find another person from the outside, we were asked if anyone from chorale would want/could do it. Several of us girls learned the part that the alto sang and auditioned for the opportunity to sing the duet with the professional tenor. I am happy to say that I was chosen for this opportunity! So I will get to work right next to professional singers. I thank God for this chance because it wouldn’t have been possible without him; for supplying me with the talent, work ethic, and opportunity. I strive to glorify him through it.
While many of us are scrambling to get ahead in class work and to do midterms before we leave, we can’t help but be excited for the many experiences we will have on our trip. Tomorrow comes with much anticipation and we continue to pray that we will be used greatly for God’s glory through the entire trip. Pray with us, for our safety, for our mission, and for our hearts, as we embark on this exciting journey.