Many of life’s memorable moments just happen, but positive peak experiences require opportunity, commitment, and encouragement. An opportunity occurred two years ago when Paul Krueger, friend and fellow church member, encouraged me to join Music Makers. With my Limited musical background and dubious talent, I realized a serious commitment would be required.
My fascination with the notes, those little round black things with alphabet names, some with holes in their middles, each having its own pitch but not always the same, demanded my attention.
To top that off, Director Dennis Gazso demanding, “Look at me,” and “Don’t hum,” created double handicaps I had to overcome. However, his “Listen to the piano,” and “Blend with the voices around you,” helped to solve my problem. I thank you Dennis for fostering any growth that may have occurred in my performance. I Thank our pianist, Eddie Fluellen, for giving the bass notes a little special hit when needed.
The payoff, I, Roger Storkamp, age 75, with 24 fellow Music Makers performed Vivaldi’s Gloria in a concert at Carnegie Hollow (or such) where over 300 people paid $10.00 each to witness the event. My voice projected from the bass section recreated a religious experience for this pre Ecumenical catholic who had witnessed Handel’s Messiah sung during a Latin Mass in a gothic cathedral.
The group’s patience with each other—my droll humor, for instance—and our shared desire to improve with each rehearsal became the key to our success. My contribution to that success can best be evaluated through the elation I felt having achieved something I doubted I could ever be a part of.
Shout from the roof top—announce to the world (my small blog world) my affection for these folks (in alphabetical order.)
Ilene Cox (Flutist)
Eddie Fluellen (Pianist)
Dennis Gazso (Director)
Sharon Haneiwich (Soloist)
Debbie Larsen (Guest flutist)
Roger Storkamp (Me, too)
Pat Vaughn (Soloist)
Darlene Vaughn (Soloist)