Songs and Structures: Notes from the Director

It is said that a well-made guitar crafted from quality wood improves in sound quality as it ages. After several decades, the wood has acclimated to its surroundings, and the fibers vibrate to their full potential. 

I like to think of a sanctuary as a huge instrument. Like strings, we singers do the job of producing the initial sound. We then let the building put its own acoustical stamp on it. Most modern facilities are constructed to optimize and gain total control of sound through the use of technology.  

But for pure, unaided, acoustical pleasure, it’s hard to beat the old churches.

This season, we explore some of the oldest houses of worship in Wayne County. Of particular significance is our performance on Saturday, March 28 at 7pm in the old Sonnenberg Mennonite Church, now located at Sonnenberg Village. This particular building carries with it quite a few strong musical memories for many Swiss Mennonites in this area. It has been a goal of mine to make this old structure ring once more with singing, especially with this choir that shares the same first name.

It might be dangerous to put new wine in old wineskins, but I think it’s a great idea to put new music in old buildings.  Hopefully, the only thing that will be bursting will be enthusiasm.

We look forward to singing for you this season. 

Tim Shue

Posted on February 16, 2015 .