musical director/liturgy team disagreement
Date: December 17, 2009
Wondering if anyone on this excellent site can help me with this; I direct a non-professional gospel choir whose main function is to sing at a youth-oriented Catholic mass every Sunday evening. I arrange/compose/transcribe all the music the choir sings as well as preparing charts for our guitar player and note -for -note piano parts for our pianist (the last of which takes up more time than I can reasonably give to one project).
Anyway, my difficulty is this; recently I've been getting the choir singing a lot of world music in the style of Soweto Gospel Choir - I think the resulting choral sound is really good, the choir seem to be enjoying it, and it has the added virtue of being mainly unaccompanied, which saves hugely on the time investment in preparing parts for our band (our guitar player & pianist are more than happy to sing when they're not playing). However, I'm coming under more and more pressure from our Liturgy Committee to include more modern, r & b type songs e,g. Beyonce to attract more young people to our mass.
The trouble is I simply don't believe that with the resources we have this will sound well - we have no drums or bass, preparing piano parts for these type of songs takes forever, and probably most importantly, I'm not convinced that I'll be able to get a good choral sound from the choir under these circumstances. I have tried to explain this to our committee but they are not musicians and I feel they don't accept what I'm saying to them. So, what do I do? Am I just being narrow-minded, and do I need to adapt a little more and give it a chance? Am I wrong to be sticking to my guns about this? Alternatively, can anyone think of a way of explaining my position to the liturgy team in terms a non-musician can relate to?
Any advice on this matter will be gratefully received.
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