Why I Sing

By: Jessie Hanna

Music has always been a big part of my life. As a child I would listen to my Dad and Mom sing as we would take those slow Sunday drives to check out how the crops were doing, or just going to visit relatives. Mom’s voice was a beautiful mellow alto, while Dad ranged from tenor into a middle bass range. The harmony was mesmerizing to say the least. As I grew so did the passion. I am not formally trained and joining a choir was always intimidating as there was always one person who believed that if you weren’t formally trained then you could not produce the sound that was needed to be a part of a choir. Sad but true there are those who truly believe this. It wasn’t until I encouraged by our church choir director, who was also the director of the Swift Current Oratorio, to join the group. He told me that although reading notes was important it was only a small part of what happens when singing in a choir. He ensured me that reading notes is something that I would learn in time. I Joined the Oratorio choir after much encouragement from my dear friend Carolyn Gould. Carolyn could not read notes but had sang in many choirs over the years and said, that singing in a group was about being a part of the whole not just about one or two that could read notes and carry a tune. So I joined and I have never looked back, I have learned so much over the years, and met and made lifelong friendships. If you do nothing else in your life, JOIN A CHOIR.

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