Berkshire Choral International

The First-Timer Experience

November 6, 2017

This past August, Instagram sweepstakes winner Megan Helm spent a performance week with us and said her expectations were exceeded and then some.

“I have to say, it’s been very reassuring being a first-time person here. Everyone has been so gracious and hospitable,” said Helm.

Our signature BCI nametags include numbers indicating years attended by loyal choristers, which helps new-timers like Helm identify the best face in the crowd for questions. Pencil sharpeners on both sides of the stage and water readily available for rehearsals are just a few other BCI touches that Helm came to appreciate. "Every detail seems to be thought through,” she said.

Putting together a professional scale choral production in just one week is a challenge, but we don’t just come to BCI to work. In addition to rehearsals, musical education classes are offered, as well as group trips to local attractions. During her afternoons off, Megan took her time to nap, read and meditate.

The week of preparation culminates in the final performance, followed by a reception for celebration. The true excitement of the event not only comes from the glamour of performing in a beautiful venue with a professional orchestra and conductor, but from the music and the camaraderie of choristers. Megan notes that in addition to the excitement of getting to sing on stage with so many people, she also enjoyed getting to know them and making new friends.

If you’re considering coming to BCI for the first time, watch this video of Megan describing the first-time experience firsthand.