Notes from Ambon: Gratefulness

If you have a chance to say ‘thank you’, to whom you will say those two words?

I had a blast during the past week, accompanying a bunch of teenagers who I have considered my own siblings. They may be 6-8 years younger than me (which suggests my actual age), but I had a lot of fun. More importantly, I have witnessed this group of people grow over the past month or two. They left the competition different individuals from who they were when they started rehearsal months ago.  Continue reading Notes from Ambon: Gratefulness

Notes from Ambon: Pep Talk

Sometimes, the secret to winning lies in what is said, not what is done.

Many coaches have their own ways of telling their kids to seize the moment. Motivation is a delineating line between triumph and defeat. These trainers may make speeches, or utter one simple—yet utterly meaningful—sentence that the players hold firm. From the great Sir Alex Ferguson all the way to the miracle worker Herb Brooks, they utilize pre-game talk to make their messages clear: we want to win. Continue reading Notes from Ambon: Pep Talk

Notes from Ambon: Surprise

“You will be performing tomorrow, not the day after.”

If that sounds like a nightmare coming true, I don’t blame you. A choir competition is supposed to be predictable. Surprises, at least at the organization side, should be very, and I mean, very minimum. Schedules are published months prior, the list of juries is also issued at least weeks before the competition day. Some competitions even publish the list of all competing choirs just to inform all participants and members of the public alike. Continue reading Notes from Ambon: Surprise