Dr. Clark Roush, Endowed Chair for the Performing Arts
It Takes a Village
To an administration that supports our efforts in a multiplicity of ways I offer my most sincere gratitude. I truly have it better than many of my counterparts in other places - I try to remain aware of this. I also appreciate your physical attendance at our concerts, your budgetary support, your logistical help (God bless Todd Sheldon), and your belief that who we are and what we do is central to York College.
To the wonderful "posse" that follows us and supports us, I say "thank you!" It is so rewarding to see YC students, faculty, staff, family members, and the like at our events. I am blessed, and the way you support my singers' efforts is important to both them and myself.
To my beloved Queen - you share so much of me, and do so with such grace and dignity! You are the one God used to truly teach me how to love. Your pride in what I do and your unwavering belief in me are anchors in my life. I do more than thank you - I adore you!
To the music - what a difference you make in our lives. Thank you for touching us, making us think, moving us to tears, and for making us better - not just as performers, but as people. Thank you for blessing us with a gift we can return for the benefit of so many.
To my ever faithful God - you have blessed me more than I deserve. You have called me to Your college, to do YOUR work, with the wonderful people YOU send me, and then YOU grace my efforts beyond belief. You are truly a good God, and I cannot think of a more rewarding career than offering You through music to as many people as YOU will allow.
My most sincere appreciation to all who helped make "Elijah" become a reality. It was an incredible experience. It seems fitting to end with words from two of the epic choruses in "Elijah" - "Thanks Be to God," and, "Lord our creator, how excellent Thy name is in all the nations!"