On rehearsal day each week, she’d start asking herself if she really wanted to go to that evening’s rehearsal. She began to sit in rehearsal and think of all of her past choral directors, including high school and college, and realized that none of them needed to be sarcastic to get people to correct wrong notes. In that regard, she feels this choral experience was an opportunity to see the importance of working with positive people…and of being a positive person, too.
Later, she talked to a few people from her church who had sung with this fellow before she had. They all said they would not sing with the Eastern Community Chorus again because of how the conductor handled rehearsals. A couple of years ago, she talked to one of her fellow Unity Chorale singers who had sung with him too. Her friend’s opinion was that a number of the singers liked the director’s style, because they wanted to do the music justice. But Gigi feels there’s more than one way to do the music justice and browbeating volunteers is not necessary.