Having been a church choir director now for many years, I have been faced with the dilemma of what to do during the slim summer months when my choir members are on vacations or spending the weekends at the lake with their children.
My church is one that doesn’t like the music program to take a break during the summer months, so I have to find creative ways to utilize the choir members that I have even when I am left with only one or two sopranos, or one or two men.
Last year I tried something different that went over very well for me and I want to pass the idea along because it worked out so well! I asked my choir members to give me their vacation schedules early, and I put together small groups to fill the void of the missing choir during our worship services. I had a ladies trio, a male quartet, a ladies ensemble, and a mixed ensemble.
I was able to choose appropriate music for each of these groups through www.jwpepper.com. I found material that was easy to learn and that my congregation felt was blessed; but more importantly, during the difficult summer months when I didn’t have a full choir present for rehearsals, I was able to use my regularly scheduled rehearsal time for my small group and still program new and valuable music that ministered to our congregation. Music ministers are often called upon to be creative and work with what they have, and this worked so well for me last year that I am planning a full summer like this again this year!