"Professional choralists tend to be highly-skilled, technical musicians with years of training. They tend to be excellent with pitch, intonation, musical markings and phrasing. They are excellent listeners, with an intuitive ability to match timbre and color in such a way that a unified sound is achieved. It’s been said that there is strength in numbers. Anyone who has enjoyed a choir concert can attest to the rarest of moments, when something magical takes place. The looks on the faces of the singers… their bodies breathing as one entity… their voices ebbing and flowing in effortless synchronization… emotions taking over. There is nothing as powerful as a group of people working together toward the same goal. This is why choral music is still important. In a world of tragedy, desolation, and human misery, it’s the job of artists to inspire and communicate their messages of harmony and truth to the rest of the world. All art is relevant, and also can be irrelevant. Art derives from the word artifice, and can sometimes feel “put-on.” Yet sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. When a choir makes an emotional statement, they’re not just creating art, they are joining forces to musically capture an idea, and to express that to everyone around them.
And that is why Choral Chameleon is relevant, because we communicate different messages through changing styles of music. We go through a cycle of changes when we sing one style, and then another, and continue to move into yet another style- yet we remain ourselves. We reveal ourselves in different time periods, in different ideas. We let people know that it’s okay to let their guard down, to be expressive under any and all circumstances.
That is why professional choral music is just as important as all art- it makes people feel something."