“Children sing of hope and joy at the birth of one small boy.”
– This Christmastide
The Christmas season will forever dwell in my memories as frosty December evenings waiting patiently to spot my parent’s car underneath the Denver Performing Arts Center; as quiet moments backstage Boettcher, peeping through the round windows on the side of the stage, hoping to catch a glimpse of the audience; as the thrill of secret Santa among seventy of my favorite people; as the snap of the whip in “Sleigh Ride”, which startled me no matter how much I prepared for it; as the low hum of water rushing through the pipes in the basement of Boettcher; as that moment on stage, singing “Silent Night”, when the harmony seems to hang in the air; as the childlike wonder of being a part of something so much bigger than myself.
Christmas is a time of so much joy. It is a season to cherish those things which children are often best at – wonder, excitement, joy, and awe. I know I am only twenty-two, but sometimes that can feel ages away from those evenings spent downtown Denver during the weeks before Christmas. They were demanding and busy, often stressful and hectic, but the thrill of it all was worth those moments of tension. My experiences of Christmas with the Children’s Chorale have cemented the wonder of Christmas deep within my soul. To this day, I still want to spring into action every time I hear “Jingle Bells.” I have won my fair share of Christmas trivia contests because I have just about every song memorized. And I am forever ruined for Christmas music; I do believe my inclination to start listening to it mid-October stems from hours of rehearsing said songs at the beginning of September.
I owe these memories, and so many more, to the Chorale. They are memories that allow me glimpses back in time to the moments where the magic of Christmas will forever dwell for me. It fills me with hope, not only in the blessedness of the season, but in the fact that right now, there are hundreds of new children, waiting anxiously to experience their very first Christmas with the Colorado Children’s Chorale.