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- July 24, 2016 at 9:51 am #518895Bethany reynoldsParticipant
I have recently accepted the job as music director in small church in Nashville. The sanctuary holds about 250 but we are only getting 30-40 people/week lately. Our choir room is full of dozens of dusty boxes stuffed full of anthems (thousands) but I want to update. I am interested in options regarding digital music, apps, just modernizing our music department. I do have a budget, modest as it may be. Any thoughts or ideas?
BethanyJuly 25, 2016 at 12:30 pm #518926Michael J. SeredickParticipant
One would need to know more about your meaning of ‘new technology’ before offering advice. However, your words ‘dusty, stuffed and thousands’ jump off the page. Just because the boxes are dusty doesn’t mean the contents are worthless. In fact, given the ‘thousands’ info, there may be choral gems in the inventory. Have you considered a thorough review of the library? Enter usable repertoire in a simple Excel file with composer/voicing/category or whatever you need for later recall. For non- usable scores, consider selling them on Choralnet and replenish your music budget.
You mention 250 seating but only 30-40 people weekly. I take 30-40 as congregation attendance. If so, you must be working with a small enrollment choir. Some directors make a mistake by choosing quality anthems that need choral resources not available in their situation. The result is a poor quality performance. It is better to evaluate you situation and match available talent with the anthem of choice. If it was composed last week and it fits the liturgy and your roster, use it. Likewise, if it is in the ‘thousands/dusty library and composed 200 years ago, use it. A good director shares the best available scores in a variety of styles.July 26, 2016 at 3:51 pm #519005
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