EMILY HACKETHORN ON THE POWER of positive encouragement: “One of my beloved seniors had the honor to participate and she soaked up his musicality and passion. ‘He told us that sometimes, he just walks off the stage while his choir is performing! Can you believe that? He leaves his choir with the reigns, because he trusts them.’ Well, Rachel hasn’t seen me trust a choir that much ever.” So often we get caught up in correcting our singers’ faults that we forget the power of recognizing their progress. Good advice.