The Result of 2012 New Praise Youth Festival (Competition part) Louisville
of all, We want to thank you all for your hard work and cooperation.
It was amazing! We were so blessed by your beautiful heavenly music
and so sorry that only we three adjudicators and your family were
allowed to hear your music. We know it must have been a long day
for all of you. Many of you might have had such a stressful day
for the first time. But by now all of you may feel relaxed, thinking
that you did better than you had expected, or it's just one of those
things... One thing we know for sure is that you and your family
would thank God for today's big event very much. We also thank God
for this fantastic praise festival with all our heart and mind.
Now, regarding the result, we have to confess that we hate to grade your music with human standard, for your music is primarily for God's glory and not for men's entertainment. Then how can we grade it perfectly? Actually God only knows your exact grade; He even knows you are doing a great job but today, because you were so nervous and anxious that some of you even wanted to give up. No wonder one girl even wept and hesitated to play until right before she did a fantastic job to the amazement of all the judges. (We thought she would surely mess up, but on the contrary she knocked our socks off!)
why is it that we grade your music? The only reason is we want to
help you, help you understand more of musical beauty, help you discern
even the slightest musical difference. By now you understand how
difficult making beautiful music is. Yes! If you really want to
give God glory with beautiful music, it will take your time, energy,
nerve, talent, and maybe your whole life. It is an overwhelming
job. That's why we want to help you. We want you to understand and
feel what is more beautiful, what is more skillful, and what is
more musical. However, your grade reveals only your musical aspect.
We, adjudicators, are human who don't know your heart, your love
to God, and your prayer. So please take your grade just as a musical
guidance, and not more than that. What is incomparably important
is that you do your best for the upcoming recital, for God will
take time and be there to hear your praise music! And if you messed
up today, no problem, for you have two more chances to straighten
it up, or to surprize us, and we really want you to do that for
the glory of God!