I can't believe I had this conversation this morning!
You all know we just moved to a new state a few months ago. We've been in and out of town several times already so it's been a little difficult to plug in! And we soo want to plug in! :) I mean Mr. Caffeinated is playing flag football and I just went to my first Mommy's group and had a great time. We are sooo excited about getting more involved!
Most of you know that I was a high school Orchestra Director/Conductor. I had three orchestras and taught music theory too :) I LOVED it! I loved teaching that age group (for the most part, haaa!), I loved conducting, I LOVED being surrounded by music as I stood on the podium, I loved figuring out what the composer's intent for their piece of music was to teach my kids, I loved making crazy cookey analogies of how we needed to play the piece or a section of music (sweet, angry, upset, like you found your love, or your puppy just got run over [I know it's terrible, but they got the point!! ;)], like you are arguing about what flavor of ice cream you want, or you are crying, or forgiving, like you're grunting, or blowing the little whispies off a dandelion, or the sun is rising, etc.), I loved how excited I could get them to study a new piece of music (and some not so much :)), to explore 20th century composers, etc etc etc.
Ok, there were some things I didn't like, like administrative stuff and overly cocky high schoolers, but I'll focus on the positive :)
So, the new church we've been going to has really fun and great worship, hymns and new songs. It's pretty much a band with 5 or so singers each week, great harmony, great singers, great worship leader, amazing voice, love the drums and the bass guitar. I kept thinking and saying to Hubby every week, I wonder if they've ever thought of having an orchestra every once in a while along with the same worship?!
I played with several church full orchestras back east and LOVED it (and conducted a couple times too :))! It is such an amazing thing to be able to do something you love and worship God at the same time (and get paid for one of them :))!
Today, God said, ok Caffeinated, you can ask him. They ended up having a worship song at the end of the service today which was perfect for me to talk to the Music Pastor. We stayed until they were done playing everybody out of the sanctuary and planned to meet our friends at the nursery.
So Hubby and I went up to the stage right when they were done, introduced ourselves, and I asked my question! Have you guys ever thought about having an orchestra play with you? I could not believe his response! He was so excited and has been wanting one!!! He has led other churches with 30 piece full orchestras and would love to have a strings section or full orchestra to play with them! I told him my background and he also has a Bachelor of Music! He was a percussionist for some of the symphonies and everything! I told him I played with a string quartet too for events, weddings, etc, and he said oh I have a lot of wedding contacts too that would need a quartet! Whoa!
I know it would be a lot of work but I told him I would be interested in organizing the orchestra if he wanted. We could start rehearsing a couple times a month or once a week. He almost sounded like he might want me to play a little with them before the full orch gets set up too! I am sooo nervous! It's a church of 12,000! I know it sounds big but you know once you get involved it feels so small.
So he took my name and number! And is going to e-mail me this week. I am still kind of shaking I am so excited about it. I couldn't believe how excited he was. He's been at this church for 3 years and has been so wanting this and all of a sudden we move here and God says go for it and here we are! It's a long shot at this point but maybe he would even want to hire me for a few hours a week as part of the music ministry!
I was so excited to get my violin out this past week and start practicing again. It has been too long and I really needed to start doing it...for me, Hubby loves it :), and for the baby too! Is there anything you haven't done for a while that you've been wanting to start doing again? Or something you haven't done before that you want to do? It feels really good! Maybe you should take a step of faith and give it a try too :)