Our Snow Days retreat last weekend was a great success! The retreat, which included members of the Concert Choir and the Treble Choir, took place at Camp Omega in Waterville, MN. Throughout the weekend, singers participated in numerous rehearsals that allowed them to get a great start on their spring repertoire. In between rehearsals, singers hit the slopes with their snow gear and tubes. After the unexpectedly large snowfall Friday night conductor Elizabeth Shepley observed, “this might be the best snow for tubing we’ve ever had!” In addition to rehearsals and athletic snow feats, singers participated in team-building exercises and games to help them better know one another, enjoyed a plethora of healthy food and snacks, and spent quality time with one another on quieter activities like puzzles and board games.
Snow Days has been a valuable experience for our choirs not just for learning music though. This retreat has also been essential in terms of building a community. Many directors will tell you that the voice is a very personal instrument because it is not something that you get to choose. Sharing one’s voice in choir is a vulnerable experience, and it is so important that singers know and trust one another and that there is a community of support and dedication. At Snow Days, our singers has the chance to reinforce this notion as they worked not just to learn their music, but also to become a team where every individual is valued and and contributes to music making.