Dad sings in ward choir to be with daughters

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  • Y-Ask-Y? Provo, UT
    May 30, 2011 7:37 p.m.

    This is a good idea for this father. It is unfortunate that the Church is designed in such a way that Fathers and Daughters are not provided with activities together much at all, and the same for Mothers and Sons. In fact, the emphasis on "family" in the Church does not seem to be reflected in the programs and activities. Of the 3-hour block of meetings, families participate together (sort of) only in Sacrament meeting. The rest of the time, everybody is segregated and separated, with no programs or meetings deliberately designed to bring together Fathers-Daughters or Mothers-Sons.

  • kenny Sterling Heights, MI
    May 30, 2011 3:30 p.m.

    Ward choirs are not just for people who can actually sing mind you as much as they are for people who love to worsip Hevenly Father in song.

  • Spikey Layton, UT
    May 30, 2011 7:17 a.m.

    Family first, I like that. :) Two thumbs up! Way to go, Dad!

  • suzyk#1 Mount Pleasant, UT
    May 29, 2011 2:28 p.m.

    What a delightful story. Good for him, I admire his desire to be with his daughters and his spunk and determination to sing no matter what. That's what is the important thing is what he is doing - not that he is a beautiful and on-tune singer. What a great example to his children and others that see and hear him.

  • bwoods Tucson, AZ
    May 29, 2011 2:11 p.m.

    Enjoyed your article! I know what you are going through. I've been doing ward choirs for 34 years, now, taught high school choir for 16 years and now in grad school to get a doctorate in the same. I understand what you mean about joining choir "for the girls" and this mysterious counting thing. I will say that to join choir for the girls is not a bad reason to join at all! And joining for your daughters is definitely a great thing!

    Don't worry about the counting thing or any other "thing" you experience in ward choir--it will get better. Singers are blessed to be in ward choir. I tell people if they don't know how to sing or don't know anything about music, ward choir is a good, safe place to learn.

    And don't worry so much about counting. Just learn your music by ear if you can (several musical geniuses also can't read music). If your choir director is as good as you describe, she probably cues you for all your entrances, anyway. Really--stick with it and things will improve. But good for you for doing this!