Congregation Hymn singing
Date: February 5, 2012
A young church musician of my very close aquaintance came home from church this morning with a very interesting problem. The Warden of his Anglican congregation told him in an after-worship meeting that the congregation was not singing hymns perfectly. She suggested the choir spend their rehearsal time working on the hymns, and having the choir sing anthems less often. But this week part of the rehearsal was spent with the children's choir, and this music director often does rehearse hymns during choir, and sometimes has congregational rehearsals. How can we encourage her to be less of a control freak, and more importantly, understand congregational singing is more about making a joyful noise than expecting the congregation to sing perfectly.
He told me this question was too bizarre for ChoralNet--that no one could possibly have had a problem like this before-- and I told him he ain't seen nothing yet!
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