During a recent conversation, a new acquaintance introduced himself as being “Just a church choir director.”
Excuse me? Just a church choir director . . . !?
Creating satisfying choral art with a college choir that meets five days a week is comparatively luxurious next to the herculean task of producing beautiful sounds with a volunteer church choir.
Most church choirs are populated by dear folks who gift their time to the choir as a part of the church’s larger ministry. The talent range in a church choir is massively broad. Resources are frequently limited. On top of all of that, the church choir director has perhaps an hour or an hour-and-a-half a week to rehearse (and the rehearsal is separated from “performance” by days, not hours).
A church choir is just as capable as any other ensemble of singing beautifully. As proof, enjoy this performance of O Magnum Mysterium (César Allejandro Carillo) by the Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church Chamber Singers. This was recorded during the Worship Session of the 2009 ACDA National Conference.