Attendance policies for professional musicians who are members of the church
Date: December 30, 2010
I've encountered a new issue (maybe not new for some) since I have relocated way up north. I am a professional musician with a Master's in voice and harpist with the local symphonies. Plus, I do all of the other standard music things, teaching, coaching, gigs, etc. We have recently been attending a new church that started a choir a couple of months ago. I went to the first rehearsal and was happy to hear how flexible they were. I have many opera or symphony rehearsals on Wed. evenings and I explained that I couldn't make the rehearsals, but I would be able to sing on Sundays. When I'm not at a professional rehearsal, I spend time with my family since they give me up for so many weeknights and weekend evenings.
I'm not a diva (only when required!). I blend, do my part, follow the conductor, etc.
There is now an attendance policy. If I don't come to the rehearsals, I'm not permitted to sing. I've spoken with several of my colleagues and they are experiencing the same problem. Some travel with their performing and are not even in town for rehearsals. I 've spent 25 plus years developing the ability to sight-read, etc. This is sad to me. I don't want to be paid by my church. I have not sought to sing solos or establish myself as "the professional". The director is a trained amateur.
The large churches that I grew up in never had attendance policies. When I was a choral conductor at churches, I never had one. I was simply happy to direct and if professionals were able to make performances....great! Can anyone please offer me some counsel on this?
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