Music teachers taught me the importance of learning well for public performance, and here are a few of the favorites.
In my tenth year living in Montreal, I received an unexpected and unintended gift. I had been singing for just over a year at St. Matthias when I subbed for my boss as a conductor over the Christmas break. I was skeptical, dubiously so, but also very willing. Why on earth he would choose me was totally immaterial - I love conducting and was happy to say yes.
For the last week I've been conducting Camerata Nova through some really good music - Taverner's Missa Gloria Tibi Trinitas and Tallis's Gaude Gloriosa Dei Mater.