Alternative Sunday morning rehearsal to regular weeknight rehearsal for Adult Church Choirs
Date: April 30, 2014
We are going to conduct an experiment of offering an alternative Sunday morning rehearsal to our regular Thursday evening Chancel Choir rehearsal for three weeks in June. If this experiment proves successful with finding new singers for the choir, re-activating former choir members or retaining current ones, we will implement this on a permanent basis in September. This alternative rehearsal has not been an option before since we have had three back-to-back sanctuary worship services for decades (8:00, 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.). The 8:00 a.m. service has been re-formatted, which would allow a 45-minute rehearsal to take place in our Music Center from 8:15-9:00 a.m. (all of the choral music will have been completed in the first ten minutes of the 8:00 a.m. service). Our professional Vocal Quartet and I will leave the 8:00 a.m. service and the remaining choir members and our organist will lead the congregational music for the rest of the service.
Does anyone have experience with attempting such an alternative to week night rehearsals (not as a replacement but as an additional option for those who have weeknight conflicts: family responsibilities, working out of town, taking or teaching evening classes, cannot drive after dark, etc.)? If so, what unforseen issues might there be? Was it a success in terms of increasing the choir membership and participation? Your thoughts would be appreciated.
Director of Church Music
First United Methodist Church of San Diego