Church choir rehearsal etiquette
Date: February 1, 2004
How would you deal with having church choir members address the accompanist in the middle of a rehearsal, asking him or her to play a note or line, rather than addressing me, the director, with his/her question? When I worked as an accompanist myself, I would always direct the choir member to address the director, and would not play unless the director asked me to; and I have had accompanists who have done the same for me, but in my current position, the organist just goes ahead and plays. I would like to nip this in the bud without unnecessarily "troubling the waters" and have thought of including this point (that questions during rehearsal ought to be addressed to the director, not to the accompanist) in a list of "rehearsal etiquette guidelines." Your comments would be helpful.
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