Students refusing to sing
Date: April 26, 2014
Has anyone else had trouble with students and the song "Great God Almighty?" My students were fine with it at the beginning of the year when it was for competition. Now that I have been rehearsing it for the Spring Concert, several of them have said they will refuse to sing it because it talks about slavery. Not only that, but they say some of their parents/grandparents will walk out if they do sing it. This is a song that refers to the history of slavery and how one would cry out for mercy when being chased. Nothing in it is racial. I think the students are being very close-minded and really just feeding off of each other. In all other areas of the choir (rehearsals, performances, repetoire) these are good students and we have a good relationship. My goal in performing this song was to begin the program with something that would showcase their ability and be interesting. A discussion about the song in rehearsal yesterday did not end very well. Any advice?