Habitual Lateness on the part of a volunteer church choir for Rehearsals and Services
Date: July 3, 2011
I just started a new job as Director of Music at a church and one of my main challenges so far is the lateness of the volunteer choir for rehearsals and the services. The choir is scheduled to meet on Thursdays for 2 hours and again at 10 am before the 11am service on Sundays. I have established from the beginning the importance of being present and on time but while I make allowances for occasional lateness for the midweek rehearsals, due to traffic, work etc , I have reiterated that it is disnconcerting, disrespectful and unacceptable for persons to be habitually late on Sunday mornings. I start my rehearsals with physical and vocal warmups which I try to make as interesting and meaningful as I can then I go through unfamiliar hymns and the anthems for the day. I usually reserve announcements for the end of rehearsal or if I think a breather from singing is necessary. It has been well over a month and I see no improvement. The choir is a small choir in a small church so recruiting is difficult. I am planning to have another discusssion with the choir about this this week. Help.
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