Singer behavior: Curing Tardiness to rehearsal
Thank you so much for all of the great responses I received concerning this
issue. Many of you had similar ideas, so I have listed these ideas in lieu of
posting a long compilation.
It turns out that this is a large problem with many Church/Volunteer Choirs
and it is one which does not have an easy solution. Below I have listed some
of the suggestions that I received as an answer to this problem:
1. Overwhelmingly was, START ON TIME!
2. Speak privately with those who are habitually late.
3. When someone enters late, have everyone stare at them in silence or make
some comment to them.
My favorite response: (thanks to Mr. Timothy Brown) Maybe when someone walks
in rehearsal 20 minutes late, you can say "I see Howard wants us to be here
4. Some suggested that they have a penalty box that they use. For example,
Anyone who is late has to put 25 cents in a box or jar as a penalty and that
money is then given to a charity or something similar.
5. Others suggested that a door be locked or that there be some type of
punishment involved. (but many of you responded that you have to make
rehearsal something the members enjoy, not something that they have to be
made or punished to do--remember, make music fun!)
6. Speak to the choir or devote some space in the choir newletter/church
newsletter to the fact that being late is not fair to the other members of
Make a sweep 10 minutes before the rehearsal
Do a sweep through the hallways 10 minutes before the rehearsal.
Ask members or leaders of bible study groups to let the choir members leave
Change the day or times of rehearsal to a more secluded time.
Thanks again for all who responded.
The one thing that we must remember as Church choir and Volunteer Choir
directors is that these people are there out of their love for God and we as
the directors and leaders should always be good stewards of their time--as
they should be good stewards of the time that other choir members have given
to the choir.
Associate Pastor of Worship and Children
Iron City Baptist Church
41 Mandy Lane
Anniston, Alabama 36207