Over the past couple of summers, I have enjoyed watching videos of Wellspring Ensemble performances. The group dynamic was electric, not to mention that some of my favorite people from college were either in the ensemble or running it! Each time I thought to myself that it would be amazing to sing with my friends again. Unfortunately the group rehearsed in Seattle, and I live in Austin.
As a freelance musician and music teacher, my world came to a grinding halt with the pandemic. I struggled with being homebound for so long, with no end in sight. Randomly checking my Facebook account one night led me to catch a post from Evan Norberg about Wellspring Ensemble switching to a virtual season. Surely, this was a rare opportunity to sing with my friends again! Would I be able to join from 2100 miles away?
The answer: ABSOLUTELY. In my "normal" life, I was never able to participate in Wellspring Ensemble. I simply lived too far away. With the season being virtual, a rare opportunity emerged: I could sing with my friends!
It's not easy to put into words how much the virtual summer season of Wellspring Ensemble has meant to me. Each week, I looked forward to our rehearsal meetings. I made new friends and reconnected with old ones. We recorded beautiful pieces of music and listened to the final cuts together. We drank wine in matching cups and hung out after rehearsal.
While the outside world has been chaotic and uncertain, from inside my home I made new friends and colleagues. Wellspring Ensemble restored some normalcy to my life, and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity. A ray of light in an otherwise dull summer! Thank you WE!!! I can't wait for the next season!
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