Anticipation seized every performing student’s heart as the house lights were dimmed and the spotlights shone. The cameras were in place, the stage was empty, and the emcee was making his way up to the front.

After a prayer to invite the Lord to be with us as we used the talents that He gave us, the first small group appeared from the room behind the stage and nervously picked up their instruments. As the last strains of the first melody were heard, applause and whistles cued the emcee to read the introduction to the next piece.

So continued the evening. Amidst a plethora of German jokes and sweet notes it was finally time for the grand finale. Every instrumentalist that was taking part sat down and raised their eyes and instruments to the conductor’s cue. With uncontainable energy, the first ravenous note of Beethoven’s Egmont Overture rang out to the audience. Captivated by the music, I threw my whole heart into playing the instrument that God gave me as a wonderful gift for my enjoyment and His praise.

Suddenly, just as the excitement died down, a new wave of sheer exuberance was brought forth from the beautiful harmonies. As the Overture finally reached its last climactic point, our bows flung out our last “hurrah” to the crowd.

Then silence.

Clapping and a standing ovation came next, we bowed, prayed one last time, then packed up our instruments and put them away until class the next day.

What a wonderful gift God has given us in music! Nothing makes me happier than being able to share this gift with my friends. Praising God together reminds me of Psalm 81:1-2: “Sing aloud unto God our strength: make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob. Take a psalm, and bring hither the timbrel, the pleasant harp with the psaltery.”

Emily T.

Grade 12