One of the most enjoyable aspects of the organist convention was meeting new people. There were many chances to interact with the other attendees at concerts, meals, and workshops. The same questions were asked many times. I suppose they could be considered organist ice breakers!
Here are the 4 most asked questions:
- Where are you from?
I live in Adrian, MI. Many people were not familiar with Adrian. It’s about a hour northwest of Toledo, OH and about a hour southwest of Ann Arbor, MI.
- Are you a student? and/or Where do you go to school?
I may have looked like a traditional college aged student to some. That made me feel good! I explained that I am an adult student taking private lessons. I didn’t think to say this at the convention, but I am a home schooled student. I do nearly all of my practicing at home.
- Where do you practice?
Most organists practice at church or on their school’s organ(s). I have an electronic Saville organ at home that I use for practicing. I met several others that also had electronic organs and one lady that has a pipe organ in her home. An organist convention is one of the few places where having an organ in my living room doesn’t make me unique.
- What church do you play at?
I do not play at a church yet. This was the question I wish I could have answered differently. Someday I will play at a church. I received lots of encouragement to keep practicing and learning hymns. I will also need to improve my sight reading skills.