At Mendelssohn Club, I am just one of the voices. In each piece I find inspiration from the composer, sometimes 100-years dead, but as often right there in front of us hearing a newly-commissioned piece for the first time. I am guided by Alan Harler, our conductor and Artistic Director, who at every rehearsal and every concert inspires high performance through depth of knowledge, artistic curiosity and good nature. I am buoyed by talented people all around me from all walks of life and of all ages. I am spurred to action by people willing to put in long hours behind the scenes. I am energized by audiences that are increasingly engaged in what we do because we are working at making what we do accessible.
So it’s Wednesday night.
Sometimes we mix it up… we get out of our sections, abandon the safety of our cliques, test our confidence, listen more carefully, tune to a new sound close at hand, hear a distant voice through the others, respond to each other, and grow as a team. This is what it feels like to reach across boundaries and strive for excellence. This is what we look for every day in my professional world.
At Environetics, we are finding new modes of integrated design, working with our partners across the industry and bridging our own disciplines of architecture, interior design and engineering. In this regard, Mendelssohn Club is one of our inspirations, so much so that we gave them an official home in our offices at One Penn Center where Janelle McCoy, Mendelssohn Club’s tireless Executive Director, has been connecting the organization in new ways across the Philadelphia arts and business scene. At Environetics, we couldn’t find a better way to support the arts, nor a better partner.
John Kohlhas is a Principal at Environetics and is in his 14th season as a baritone with Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia. For additional information on Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia and Environetics please visit www.mcchorus.org and www.environetics.com.