Help with justifying choral music in languages other than English during traditional service
Date: November 13, 2010
I am in my second year as choir director (adult and youth) at a Methodist church that does traditional worship at the services at which I am responsible. Larger church, with a generally older congregation, and some issues at the church in general. Out of the blue (after having done Brahms' Geistliches Lied, which we had just done on a concert involving the church choir), I got a message from the senior pastor that music during the worship service is to be done in English. I raised concerns about the enormous body of rep that cuts off. Can anyone suggest some firm backing to stand on (besides that it is right to include music from many styles and genres, including foreign languages) to try to redirect this decision? Of course, if I am mandated to do this, I don't have much choice, but I think it a questionable decision. Looking for some help here.
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