So I went to a Do-It-Yourself Messiah on Sunday afternoon. This is about the fourth one I’ve attended. I’ve never been to the fancy one in Chicago; I prefer the regional ones away from the city, both because they’re easier to get to, and also because I feel less self-conscious about my relative lack of singing talent when the soloists themselves struggle a little bit.
Before my first such event a number of years ago, I actually spent an afternoon with a woman from my ward who taught voice trying to prepare my part (bass) for the various choruses. The preparation helped–a lot–but the reality is there are still places where I get lost, and when there are those long trilling passages all I can do is fake it.
Have any of you ever attended a Do-It-Yourself Messiah? What was your experience like?