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To wrap a few things up: I did decide to stay in the Choral Fellows for one more year. It's a privilege to be in the group, and to do what we do; I think I would like to make the most of one final year.

NEFFA is this weekend and I look forward to that.

The choir is singing a funeral at MemChurch tomorrow, for someone who was apparently a big fan of the choir. I'm not especially thrilled since tomorrow is busy enough, but fortunately choral funerals/memorial services happen at most once or twice a year. It must be a request from the family, as we don't usually sing stuff like this, but the anthem for tomorrow is an exceptionally cheesy arrangement of "O Shenandoah." If I should get hit by a bus or something, I should very much like to have the choir at my funeral -- but please not singing that piece. The Purcell "Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts," or perhaps the somewhat sentimental but potentially beautiful Virgil Thomson "My Shepherd Will Supply My Need," but dear G-d, nothing as schlocky as "O Shenandoah."

It could be worse, I suppose. The other day Chris was telling us about a funeral he had to play for a professor of economics specializing in railroads -- whose family requested his college fight song and ``I've Been Workin' on the Railroad" for his memorial service.
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