I suppose that even a second place finish has a silver lining (pun intended). For one, our chorus achieved its highest score ever, a more than respectable 618. For another, our chorus was the only one at competition to receive a full-audience standing ovation at the end of the performance. We are, without question, always a crowd favorite. Were Sweet Ad*line competition American Id*l, we would totally be going home with the record deal. In fact, at the international conventions, our members are always approached randomly with the question, "aren't you the chorus that performed the William Tell at IES?" And yes, yes we were. For those that didn't see us (and where the hell were you, I might ask) the contest in question happened in 2002 at the International Educational Symposium- essentially an international competition for the smaller choruses. And the song performed is a comedy rendition of the William Tell Overture. We do comedy well. Really well. And at that performance we inspired an international audience of 1500 to leap to their feet screaming at the end of our performance. And we ended up in fourth place. But to this day, we are remembered by all. Not too shabby.
I guess what I'm saying is that although our finish did sting on Saturday evening, we know as a chorus what is really important. We have an awfully tight bond as a chorus. We really care about each other. We improved our score, so we're moving in the right direction. And we made a lasting impression on our audience.