Thanks for all the encouragement.
I’m slowly getting used to this. I started because the choir director threw me in last minute at the Christmas midnight mass to sing the Alleluia, she knew my parents would be in town.
The good thing about our setup. During most of the year, the cantor is “backed up” by the choir. The cantor’s main objective in our church, is to help people know when and what to sing, and to be a front presence I suppose. I kind of enjoy leading the congregation in song, it’s very rewarding for me. I want to make them feel comfortable singing, and want them to join me. I figure, if I sound like I am having a good time, they will see they can too.
Our choir does some great pieces during special times of the year. We do a big “concert” type of thing about 30 minutes before mass on Christmas, and sing many many songs. It was awesome, I really liked that. Except during lent, we sang this one song, it was very strange…good song, don’t get me wrong, but the words were very odd.
At only 24 years old, I still have most of the common songs memorized (marching band geek, used to memorizing music). And am always practicing (have my voice lesson at teh church, which helps, I can practice what we will be sining that week). But I’m still getting used to switching back and forth between soprano and alto. I’m more of a natural alto, but my voice lessons have brought out my higher range. I can float in either section, but the choir needs strong altos, so I sing there.
As for just the nerves…I know they’ll go away. I’m used to public speaking, it doesn’t make me very nervous…but I’ve never sang before I started doing choir (very musical background, but never in choir). So I started choir, and then voice lessons. So now I’m singing in front of people. I’m still a little sheepish about if people will think I sound alright I suppose.
So I guess after now having “professional” training, and singing in front of a church, I should be a pro at karaoke right???