While my daughter was playing postlude at church a couple of weeks ago, the Bishop approached her and said that he would like to see the Youth be playing prelude in their meetings. "The Youth need opportunities to learn to play for Church Meetings. Let's start next week." She automatically agreed without even thinking about the realities of their situation.
Their ward has just three Young Women who do music of any kind - a graduating Senior who is a fine violinist and her two daughters who play band instruments mainly and only play piano some. Just how could any of them be ready to start playing prelude music for Church in just one week?
Her solution was to use some Easy Piano Duets that I wrote for her and her daughters. They like to play them at home, just for fun. So, with just a little coaxing and practice, my daughter was able to get one of her girls up to speed to play prelude the next week.
Kathryn and Melanie got to the chapel early to begin the 10 minutes of prelude music. They figured that the people coming in for Church would visit with each other and not really pay attention to the music - like usual. (That's how she convinced her daughter not to be nervous about playing.)
However, when they started arriving, the people stopped, came in very quietly and just listened. The Bishop was very happy that the prelude had such an impact on setting the tone of reverence for the meeting. He said that he expects the Youth to play the prelude at least once a month from now on.
Makes me happy that my Easy Piano Duets were put to such a great purpose!
Keep practicing, girls!