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Last night during dinner (in MA), I received the following message from a singer I coach who had traveled to FL:

“Help!  I’m in FL for my godmother’s funeral and it’s looking like the organist is, well, not with it.  The family let him know they wanted me to do a solo at the beginning of the week and he didn’t get in touch with me till today [Friday] (funeral is tomorrow AM) and now he says he’s not ‘primarily’ an organist and he’s not sure he can play “Oh Rest in the Lord” or “He Shall Feed His Flock” on such short notice???????  Oh, and he didn’t call me sooner because he was kayaking!

I mean, taking a job as an organist and then saying you can’t do something simple like that?  And being an organist means being available for funerals, n’est-ce pas?  They aren’t generally planned in advance!!”

What to do?  No singer should have to be dragged down by a pianist.  The funeral was this morning, and I’m waiting for an update.  Hopefully the organist got with the program and didn’t freak out during the service.

I suggested to the singer that she could sing unaccompanied.  She would be comfortable with that, and then wouldn’t have to second-guess the organist or adjust to his discomfort.

If the organist decided to play and the rehearsal went fairly well, hopefully he didn’t drag the singer down during her solo.  I told her that if he messed up, just ignore him.  Can you imagine looking over to discern what the pianist might be doing when you are so emotionally involved in your singing?

We’ll see how things transpired.  The singer and I are driving to Boston and back on Monday (90 miles), so we’ll have plenty of time to talk.  This will make for fascinating conversation!

Every coach I know who is worth his or her salt checks for messages every 1/2 hour or so.  Next time the singer is out of town, she might have to take me!   😉

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