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SATB church an outdated model?

Hello: Just wondering what folks might be thinking with regards to the traditional SATB church choir in North America. Is it a model that small churches should consider dropping?

A recent experiment I tried with a 25 SSA choir showed great results. We tackled some hard rep. sang unaccompanied and grew musically. If I add back in the 3 tenors and 3 basses I'm going to have to go way back down a road I already came.

We never have enough basses or tenors. Why do we stick to this outdated model?

 

Any thoughts or experience out there?

 

Nate

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