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Alternative Sunday morning rehearsal to regular weeknight rehearsal for Adult Church Choirs

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.
Stan Wicks
Director of Church Music
First United Methodist Church of San Diego
on May 13, 2014 9:11pm
Let us kn0w h0w it turns 0ut.  I w0uld be w0rried that n0t en0ugh pe0ple w0uld turn up at rehearsal t0 make it w0rk.   The s0cial part 0f rehearsal is what brings pe0ple in. 
0n a side n0te, did y0u ever w0nder h0w hard it w0uld be t0 participate in an 0nline f0rum when y0ur "o" key no longer w0rks 0n y0ur lapt0p?
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