After months of hard work , MMY 5772 has just been crowned the first place winner of the annual Kedma/Yeshiva University Inter-Seminary Choir Competition! When third place and second place were announced, we all held our breath... and let out a high-pitched scream when the winner was announced.
Here's how Rabbi Katz described the moment in an email to parents written at the height of the excitement on Motzaei Shabbat Parshat Va'era:
We are very excited to share the news with you - after months of hard work , MMY 5772 has just been crowned the first place winners of the annual Kedma/Yeshiva University Inter-Seminary Choir Competition!
Live reports were coming in from faculty members and students alike - modern technology allowing the Rabbis to follow the drama from afar. When third place and second place were announced, we braced ourselves for another long spring and summer, wondering what changes would have to be made in the off season - how we could improve our pitch (disgruntled Yankees fans will appreciate the reference). But just as the Yankees brought home a championship in the first year of their new stadium, the students of 5772 brought the trophy home to MMY's new home on 60 Derech Chevron.
This is MMY's fourth victory in the 13 years since the competition was founded. That is an all time record. (So the Yankees references are in fact justified). And after a 4 year dry spell - our longest one of those as we won in 5760, 5764 and 5767. In fact the whole idea of the competition and its inauguration back in 5760 was the brainchild of an MMYer - Rahel (Bayar) Lwowski - who decided to take this on as her Chesed project (the competition raises large sums of money for tzedaka). So the nachas for us is compounded.
On a more serious note (pun intended), it is a beautiful evening where all of the girls from the various seminaries come together for a common goal. The unity expressed - even as they compete - is uplifting. It is a real expression of how the Jewish people are really one - even as they live in their tribal camps and benefit from an "individualized" experience ("Ish Al Machanehu V'Ish Al Diglo").
Song is a form of Tefilla and we pray that the harmonious prayers expressed in tonight's singing will reach the Kisei HaKavod.