Rosalynd Smith, in her article entitled "Professional for a Day: The Experience of Singing in an Amateur Symphonic Choir," summarizes the benefits of choral singing reported by the members of a choir in Australia:
- A fantastic creative and spiritual outlet that occurs on a regular basis--quite addictive! Adds meaning to life.
- Singing and performing … is a very enriching and nurturing aspect to my well-being.
- I have sung since I could talk and will continue to sing until I die. I enjoy the performance opportunities provided…. I get a real buzz out of coming to grips with unfamiliar works and 'conquering' them.
- [Singing] has been for me the most important continuing activity of the last 20 years. It was my lifeline after the accident, at times even my raison d'être. My social life, my continuing musical education and a great privilege to have worked with so many fabulous conductors over that time.
- Singing has helped me relearn coordination in my speech and thought patterns. Apart from the physical improvement, my sense of importance in myself and as a member cannot be measured.
The full text, in .pdf form, of Rosalynd Smith's article setting out her important clarifications about the roles of "amateur" choristers and "professional" musicians can be found here.
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