The highly anticipated annual inter-seminary choir competition is a highlight of every seminary girl’s year. The girls spend endless hours preparing songs, choreography, costumes for the evening, in addition to raising money for that year’s designated tzedaka organization. This year I had the privilege of working behind the scenes and was able to see what makes this special evening possible.
Each participating seminary has a few choir members responsible for the logistical aspects related to the competition. My involvement required me to work closely with these choirs heads. It was inspiring to see the dedication and care they put into preparing their choir’s performance. One story that stands out is when we were looking for someone to give a dvar torah as part of the evening program, Leah Weiss, MMY choir head, agreed to give over some words of Torah related to this years theme without a second’s hesitation. The constant positivity and hakarat hatov expressed leading up to the evening was incredible.
I was not expecting to feel as enthusiastic about the competition as I was, as just a mere staff member, but the excitement was contagious.The girls had amazing ruach throughout the whole evening, singing songs, cheering and even sitting down for a tisch while they waited for the doors to open. Watching each seminaries performances was magical. I was truly impressed by each school’s choir, especially those that included their extended “family,” for example Midreshet Lindenbaum included girls from the Darkenu program and Midreshet Torah v’Chessed included the Bet Elazaki children they work with, in their respective choirs. It really was an all inclusive event, the achdut was visible. At the end of the night, choir heads from all participating seminaries came together on stage to sing One Day by Matisyahu, which lead to the crowd joining in and singing along with them. It really was an night filled with Shira and Achva.