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Preaching About the Choir

This is part of a sermon that was originally preached by lay preacher Scott Tyra, whois a member of the choir at Desert Springs United Methodist Church in Las Vegas.
 
A few excerpts from his sermon are below - you can read the entire sermon here.
 
Nobody in a choir is that important. As a choir member, it's not about you. It's about the choir. People aren't listening to you -- they're listening to the choir. Years ago, I sang in a choral group that didn't understand this. We were a group of 48 -- literally. The director's notion of a great choir was a bunch of trained singers who tried to out-sing one another. We didn't listen to one another. We competed with one another. We weren't really a choir. We were 48 people singing the same song at the same time, and that's what we sounded like.
 
A third trait of good choirs is that they are greater than the sum of the individual voices in them. I don't happen to like the sound of my individual voice. But when I hear my voice in the choir, my voice sounds bigger and fuller. It's part of something that has resonance and depth. I'm helping the choir to produce a sound that my voice just can't produce on its own.
 
on September 21, 2011 11:42am
For some reason, this was exactly what I needed to hear today.  I read the whole sermon and cried. 
 
I've been doing something new with my chamber choir; since many of my singers are choir directors, themselves, I have one or two of them a concert cycle direct several pieces. I step back into the choir and sing.  Last night at rehearsal, the music washed over me as I sang.  I hadn't been moved like that for years.  We were one--and it was just so exquisite I was literally shaking.  Being able to occassionally sing with my singers is such a gift!
 
I don't get to sing in choirs very much any more and most of my singers don't either.  When we work together, we are on the same page and it is "us"--not "me".  Several have told me singing with me feeds their souls--we do what we have to do for our own singers but WE need the nourishment we give our singers, too.
 
Thank you again, Philip, for finding something to move me--just when I needed it!
 
Marie
on September 22, 2011 1:45pm
Thanks so much for your comment.  I'm thrilled that you get something out of these postings!