I hope this day brings you all much joy. I would like to add to your joy by posting the song “Ave Maria” for you to listen to. Oh sure, I know you’ve most likely heard the song before.  But not this version!  It was performed by the Ball State Choirs at their 2013 Holiday Concert.

My son is in a few of the choirs there, so I might be just a little biased.  But I don’t think so!  It is the most beautiful version I have ever heard of this song. I was at the concert and can tell you it sounded even better at the concert. The reason is the way the singers were arranged. It was performed by all the choirs (and there are about 6), so there isn’t enough room for all the singers on the stage.

Instead, only some of the singers were on the stage. Others were in the four aisles of the concert hall. And some were in the back of the concert hall. Talk about surround sound!  Unfortunately, the microphones are set up closer to the front of the concert hall, so the voices in the back aren’t quite as loud as those in the front, but you can still hear them very well.

Music is my son’s passion. When he was young, I was sure he would be a scientist because he loved, loved, loved science, especially space science!  But he did enjoy music quite a bit, too. One day when I picked him up from school, his 3rd grade music teacher told me what a beautiful voice my son had and gave me the name and number of a woman who ran a local community children’s choir. The rest is history.

We never know what will influence our children. I had never even considered a choir for my son since he seemed so focused on science. Since then, I have realized that we need to expose our kids to many different subjects and experiences. They can’t know if they have a passionate interest in something unless they know about it and have a little experience with it. I wouldn’t suggest overloading kids with activities. That’s not a good idea. But it is possible to get the kids some exposure to different topics that they might not otherwise have.

Today my son is working toward a degree in music composition at Ball State University. One of his pieces was one of 7 selected to be performed by their elite choir at a special concert just for those compositions. It looks like another of his will be selected for a performance as well!

Please enjoy this song and have a wonderful holiday!

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I hope this day brings you all much joy. I would like to add to your joy by posting the song 'Ave Maria' for you to listen to. Oh sure, I know you've most likely heard the song before.  But not this version!  It was performed by the Ball...