Church Choir Etiquette

by Claire Valenty on January 30, 2010

in Everyday Etiquette

everyday choir etiquette

Think church choir etiquette is just about showing up every Sunday and during other religious ceremonies and signing your heart out? Think again! You are an integral part of a living, breathing unit that needs you! Most church choirs see a disappointment in their members as a slap in the face not only to them, but, their church and their religion, so, if you break any of these rules, you better start praying!

· Never miss a rehearsal or performance. If you miss a rehearsal, you are not allowing the group to practice will all of their parts to reach their maximum potential. Same applies for missing a performance. However, if you are sick, working, out of town or the like, those are seen as serious obligations that you should not feel any guilt about (sounds like a lot of wiggle room to me…)

· No matter what the size of a choir, no member should either feel like they are the “star” or that the group is so large, they fall into the background. EVERYONES TALENT, HEART AND SPIRIT ARE IMPORTANT IN THEIR OWN WAY!!!

· Always arrive early to a performance in case there are last minute changes you need to familiarize yourself with.

· Some church choirs warm up together; some ask their members to do it on their own. If you are doing it on your own, do it!

· Follow the dress code.

· Pay attention to what’s going on around you. Not only will this keep you on task of when you should start and stop signing, but, will keep you on the same song. Embarrassing moments avoided!

· Take care of your health and vocal chords. The church choir, like any other group, is only as strong as its weakest link!

The most important church choir etiquette rule? HAVE FUN!!!!

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Rodger Garrett February 17, 2012 at 1:52 pm

The main problem that is going on with my church choir is that I have “JUST A FEW MEMBERS” that are part of a long, long standing family within the church that feel that they don’t have to attend rehearsal. When it comes to Sunday morning service, they will enter the choir loft and sing their loudest. They don’t know the songs that were prepared and will not hesitate to tell some next to them that the song was taught incorrectly or that they feel that the Minsiter of Music is not competent. VERY BAD ENERGY!

Angela Mathews August 22, 2016 at 7:20 pm

Sounds to me that this “family” has taken over. They care nothing about unity or quality of sound…not to mention respect for your abilities as a director. If they think that they can do a better job, you might just need to let them and move on.

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