In my wide circle of family and friends — some on Facebook and some not — there are several music directors.
So when I saw this on Facebook, I just had to share it (with credit to Carpe Harmonia):
“How many choir directors does it take to change a light bulb?
Nobody knows, because nobody ever watches a choir director.”
I became a member of the church Junior Choir while I was in elementary school and since then, there haven’t been many years in my life that I didn’t belong to a choir. It’s about my favorite thing to do. I have sung with a 100 voice community chorus I had to audition for (yipes!) and an 10- voice group in a small country church. I loved them both.
St. Luke’s UMC in Oklahoma City and City Road Chapel UMC in Nashville, TN are large churches with talented choirs.
However it’s interesting to note that many, many musicians in Music City do not read music. If someone is harmonizing by ‘ear’ rather than by written note … well, that can be a challenge for the director.
In a volunteer choir I was with, a singer asked our leader, “What does that little ‘bird’s eye’ mean?” He said, “It means Watch the Director.”
Another time the alto sitting next to me said, “That passage is really tricky. How are we going to know when to come in?”
Does anyone out there know the answer to that question?