Note: Photos from Concert Choir Seattle Tour available at: http://jennfox.zenfolio.com/p444861155/ha7a8abb1
To LCHS Choral Parents:
It is with a heart filled with joy and gratitude that I write to you all. I am so grateful to have been a part of the Concert Choir’s Seattle trip. It was such an amazing experience for me, and I cannot thank you enough for allowing me to be a part of it.
What struck me the most about the whole trip was the bravery displayed by Dr. Brookey. He allowed his classroom door to be wide open to the other experts in the field. When we were at Pacific Lutheran University, I saw his willingness to learn and grow as a teacher. He surrendered his ego to a college professor who took our students on a journey of pushing their emotional boundaries both with music and their live performances. He demonstrated his love for his students by allowing himself to be critiqued in public. He knew that the professor would have to point out what was lacking in them before teaching them to do better. By becoming vulnerable for the benefits of his student, Dr. Brookey showed that an ego had no place in the pursuit of excellence. Following his example, his students were fully open to receive all corrections and trusted the goodness innate in the process. It was truly breathtaking for me to witness such an exchange of love between a teacher and his students.
I also loved how whimsical and kind our students were. They would break out in songs wherever we went. At the Hard Rock Café, they joined in celebrating a stranger’s birthday by singing a birthday song. It was evident to me that they found joy in everything they did and being in each other’s company. I was particularly impressed by how polite and caring they all were. Each student extended their gratitude to everyone including the bus drivers, restaurant servers, and museum attendants. When the elevators were being repaired at the hotel, our students simply took the stairs without complaint. I was so proud to be a part of the group.
I would be remiss if I didn’t thank the parents who funded the trip. I am forever thankful to them for giving me this opportunity. I am particularly indebted to the parents who came as chaperones. Each and every single one of them was so positive and kind. They were willing to do anything to keep our students healthy and safe. No job was too small or too big for any of them! I am so grateful to get to know them.
As I look forward to the future, I am hoping that one day Dr. Brookey will let me sing with the choir. I hear it is an exclusive group. Many students offered to coach me so I won’t humiliate myself too badly. All jokes aside, it still brings tears to my eyes when I think about how beautifully our students sang. Their lovely voices certainly matched their lovely spirits. Please know that you have raised a group of amazing young people who have already made this world a more beautiful place with their love of music and for each other. Thank you so much for being a great example to all of them.
Sincerely, Kip Glazer