Happy New Year! As a welcome to new and ongoing followers, Heather Soderling, one of our sopranos whose favourite note to sing is D, and who is aiming to hit a solid high B, has written about what Higher Ground brings to her life.
I grew up in North Vancouver, but have not always lived here. My work has taken me far from the beautiful mountains of the North Shore, but I have always found my way back. And on my last (hopefully permanent) return, I knew without question that I would also return to Higher Ground. It hit me again tonight, as I gathered my music folder and headed out the door for our first rehearsal after the winter break. I had really missed singing with these women.
Three years ago, my New Year’s resolution was to improve my singing ability. I had worked with Janet before. I knew she had a women’s choir, and knew how much I could learn from her. And it worked. I feel so much more confident with my voice. But that wasn’t only Janet’s doing. It was Bev with her supportive ear, Liz with her commiseration over high notes. It was Julian with his quiet chuckle, and Betsy with her enthusiasm. It was Rose with her kindness, and Christie with her dance moves.
I had forgotten, before Higher Ground, the power that a community of musicians holds. I could name each woman (and Julian!) in that choir and recite a time that they’ve made me smile. And so my New Year’s wish for everyone is very simple: I hope that your year brings you the warmth, welcome, and inspiration that Higher Ground brings to me.
All the best for 2016,
Our annual spring concert is May 10. Stay tuned for ticket info.