10 Important Things Learned as a Choir Director

Vern Sanders from Creator magazine (and twitter) tweeted out an earlier blog post called “Ten Important Things…Lessons from 40+ Years as a Choir Director“.

We’ve posted some things from his website before on our blog.  Vern always has quality articles with helpful hints to assist the church music leader.

Here are his main points from the article:

They should sing more than you talk

Give the voices a rest periodically

Every Time you stop Singing it is a Teachable Moment

A Good Accompanist is worth their weight in Gold

If you are not introducing new Repertoire on a regular basis, your Singers won’t get Better

If you don’t have a systematic way of finding new Repertoire, your Choir will get Stale

Recruiting new members is Easy if you provide a Reason for people to Join the Choir

It’s about the Music, but Relationships Matter

There are Personality “Types” in Every Choir

Do you have any to add to this list?  Do you agree with everything that Vern Sanders said?  Why or why not?

There are so many things to learn as a choir director.  You wear many different hats, work with many different personalities, and accomplish so much as apart of the group.  In James Woodward’s book, “What to Do in Case of a Choir Rehearsal”, he writes the choir director is a leader, disciplinarian and teacher ((c) 1972, Convention Press).

Whatever we “are” and whatever we “do” should be led by God, done with planning and love.  Colossians 3:23-24 says, “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.”

Give God your best in each ministry you lead and allow Him to work through you.


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