- August 31, 2017 at 10:20 am #541746
This is a little off-topic for the forum, but I have a challenge I’ve been experiencing since our organist began 6 years ago. He (I’ll call him George) has a 40-year career as an organist and has average playing skills. He came to our church when our previous organist retired. My title is Director of Music (which I don’t wield very much) but sometimes there needs to be management within the music department. From the very beginning, George’s attitude has been – “I don’t tell you how to run your choir, you don’t tell me how to run my organ.” This is my question – when an organist is hired, is it protocol to follow the existing patterns of the church service – length of prelude & postlude, for example – or should they bring with them the patterns of their previous church employment? It seems like an easy answer to me, but it’s be a point of consternation from the beginning.September 6, 2017 at 7:45 pm #542042
Marie Grass AmentaModerator
I think it should be a mutual decision, using your own example of length of prelude/postlude, regarding something like this. Your church may LIKE long preludes or prefer short ones. There are places and reasons for both. George should be following your church’s customs since he is now with you. If you are getting complaints about length of his preludes and postludes you should let him know. If he tells you that’s the way he’s always done it (I write a weekly ChoralNet blog and this week’s blog talks about something similar) and his other church liked it, then explain he’s now on staff at a different church and should be sensitive to their likes and dislikes.
Do you know if this was discussed at George’s interview/audition? What does your clergy think? If your clergy wants you to handle it…..since you ARE Director of Music……then you need to handle it.
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