Let me tell you the true stories of two families--
- My family and I: We hardly ever communicate! I can't recall the last time I spoke to my only sibling, my brother Martin in the U.K., who also sings and is involved with choirs and amateur operetta productions. My mother (also in the U.K.) and I talk via Skype maybe once every two months. But other living aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.? Never. However, whenever I do end up getting back "over the pond" and I see any of them again, it is like we have never been apart.
- My rector's family: My rector and his wife have two daughters, one of whom is in Malaysia with her husband and children as part of one of the missionary projects of the Wycliffe organization. They Skype with her every day!
So, what do we
do? The membership of RSCM America, I mean. From where I sit as your President, you all seem like my family. That is to say, I hardly ever hear from you! (particularly with regard to the minimal number of responses that we have received to questions asked in PSALLAM! e-mails and other communications; under 10 responses to questions asked of a membership of over 600? We can do better!) But, when we see one another at summer courses and other events during the year, even if we haven't been together for a year or more, it is like we have never been apart!
The point is this: the Board truly needs to hear from you with regard to the issues and activities that we are looking into.
Also, we will need to hear from you with regard to some exciting projects coming up, including a possible trip to sing at Westminster Abbey!
It matters not in the least if you are a 1/8th-time organist and choir director of a tiny church or if you are a full-time director of music in a large cathedral with multiple choirs and programs. If you are a member of this organization, your voice is important! We want to hear from you!
- You have the name of a favorite anthem by an American composer for that article we'd like to write? Send it!
- You know of someone in your congregation that might be a great candidate for "The Nicholson Society", our potential new group dedicated to supporting the work of RSCM America? Send us his or her name and contact information!
- You think your colleague down the street is a great candidate for membership, but you need some help and resources to promote RSCM America? Ask!
, any of our Board members
, and I
are always available to you and for you.
Our fellowship, our shared vision of what RSCM America stands for, enables us to be like my family. However...let's also dash off that quick e-mail, send a quick text, and post on RSCM America's Facebook page
so we can get things done, grow in our mission, and explore the exciting possibilities out there that we could all do together!
Soli Deo Gloria,
President, RSCM Americaandrew@stmichaelschurch.com