Abraham Harold Maslow was an American psychologist who describes a peak experience as a “rare, exciting, oceanic, deeply moving, exhilarating, elevating experience that generates an advanced form of perceiving reality, and are even mystic and magical in their effect upon the person experiencing that moment.” In my own experience, it is a moment when you reach a state where the experience becomes a permanent part of your being, a lasting positive moment of your life. In my fairly-long life, I have been fortunate to experience a precious few of these moments.
I experienced such a moment on Saturday, June 16, 2018 in Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland when the Little Traverse Youth Choir from northern Michigan joined five other choirs and the festival orchestra to perform a beautiful concert as a part of the Dublin Choral Festival. These young singer’s voices soared to the heavens that evening in the church very near where George Frederic Handel’s Messiah was premiered so many years ago. The parents and others of our entourage were connected in spirit to these young singers who, most certainly had a life changing moment themselves. Did they have a sense of what they had achieved? Possibly not at the moment, but they did reach down into the depth of their being to let their voices soar into the heavens. My spirit soared with them.
VWB Artistic Director and Co-Founder