Cathedral choir, the choir that I am a part of, got the opportunity to participate in Bring the Sing. Classical MPR tours different schools across the nation to participate. Students, faculty, and local town members are invited to join. The music faculty who helped were Andrew Last, the director of Nordic, and Mark Potvin, the director of Cathedral choir. The entire event lasted about four hours. The music was provided beforehand and we spent our time learning it together. After our songs were solidified, Classical MPR recorded our pieces. The results were posted on classical.mpr.org. Each Cathedral member was assigned a specific task for the day. I was a part of the welcoming crew and I was responsible for greeting people at the door as well as taking them to their seats.
My favorite part of the entire day was how inclusive the whole process was. Bring the Sing prides themselves as a very collaborative and welcoming process. My experience with Bring the Sing helped me feel more confident in my singing abilities and allowed others to share their voice. When you are out of college, it is difficult to get opportunities to sing. Bring the Sing allows students who don’t want to commit to choir and town members who miss singing to perform and record. What I also enjoyed about Bring the Sing was the chance to meet new people. I am not too familiar with the people living in Decorah but I met lots of locals who enjoyed their time singing. Giving all people the chance to perform with others is an excellent way to improve your singing abilities as well as meet some incredible people.