In about 33 hours, about three months of work will finally come to fruition. The Rochester Gay Men's Chorus will begin the last concert of this current cycle and everyone will be transported to the world of Diva Nation!
For me, this will have been a journey of homecomings and leavings, of laughter and tears, and most of all of dedicated work and being set free because of it.
Everyone pretty much knows about all of the homecomings and laughter from my previous entry. Now I'll explain about the leavings and tears.
This will be the last concert for our director, Nick. He was one of the founding members of the chorus and has been the driving force and face of it for most of the 24 years of RGMC's existence. As the chorus enters it's 25th year, he felt it was a good time for a new face to take over while the excitement was building for a big anniversary year.
Last night was our last rehearsal with him. During the practice, individual chorus members were pulled out to "try on vests" for the concert. In actuality, we were taken to a separate room to record a personal message to Nick which will be put on a DVD and given to him at his farewell dinner on the 28th.
I probably came off as a babbling idiot, trying to say everything in my heart that I wanted him to know all the while trying not to tear up (like I'm doing right now). It will be hard to see Nick go, especially since he was the reason why I came back. He has a wonderful style of conducting that makes all the work we do fun and educational all the while getting our voices into shape.
I never saw him turn anyone away from the Chorus, regardless of level of talent or singing ability. Everyone was welcomed and by some sort of fairy magic that he had, we always ended up sounding great. (RGMC had recorded a CD before I left Rochester 8 years ago, and I'm still amazed by the sound that we were able to produce.)
It has been a long haul these past three months, driving a total of three hours for a 2 1/2 hour rehearsal, but it has been well worth it. And I am glad that I was able to have one last concert with Nick.