This Saturday, October 22, I will be singing with the Choral Arts Society of SE Wisconsin in their performance of the Monteverdi Marian Vespers of 1610. Â It has been a long time since I sang regularly with a top of the line choir, and so this is a welcome addition to my life here in Kenosha.
It should come as no surprise to anyone who knows us that music plays a pretty major role in the Peperkorn household. Â Kathryn and I basically met in choir in college. Â Our son, Richard, is named after our two favorite choir directors (Richard Resch and Edmund Martens). Â Music plays a central role in our lives at both church and at our academy and with opera. Â However, there is simply no replacing singing in a great choir.
I freely admit my trepidation at joining CAS. Â As a husband of Kathryn and father of four children, a pastor, and all around nerdy busyperson, the time commitment is somewhat crazy. Â Add to that the fact that I have a pretty difficult time not diving into things 116% or more. Â I have a tendency to get into something, go bananas with it, and then burn myself out.
But I think this is different. Â I don’t remember a fall when I have been more relaxed and less depressed. Â We are just as busy as usual, and there are plenty of causes for stress. Â But there is something about being able to spend one evening a week singing some of the greatest music ever written that revives the soul.
As a pastor who suffers from depression, I am very cognizant of the need to find outlets that are not church related, relaxing, and that will help to refresh and reengage. Â For me, this seems the perfect fit.
So thank you, Maestro Schatzman, for playing an important part in our lives. Â It’s insane, but that’s how musicians roll.