I grew up in a musical family where my mother was a piano, organ, and voice teacher and also the church choir director for over 50 years. Each Christmas, while growing up, the choir would prepare a special musical program to perform the Sunday before Christmas. This usually also consisted of a small chamber orchestra comprised of musicians from our local congregation. My mother would have me write out orchestral parts to enhance the special choir worship service commemorating the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. This was the beginning of my efforts to arrange hymns for small groups of random musicians.
My younger sister wanted to play a different instrument from her siblings and at age eight, began playing the cello. Just as soon as she could play a whole note, she was, naturally, added to the Christmas orchestra. Aside from our family singing time, this was the beginning of making music together.Continue reading “Musical Memories with My Sister”