Parish Choir Council

The Roles and responsibilities of Choir Members

• Take the time to be spiritually focused before beginning a worship service.

• Be on time and ready to sing when the service begins.

• Concentrate on the worship service, actively participating by making the sign of the Cross, standing, reverencing, and praying whenever appropriate.

• Learn about the structure and meaning of the various services and the changing cycles of the ecclesiastical year.

• Understand the meaning of the hymns and their significance in the service. • Search for spiritual meaning in everything you sing. Remember, singing or chanting is not simply a performance, but an act of worship – “singing is believing.”

• Participate in the sacramental life of the church, such as receiving frequent communion.

• Refrain from creating distractions, thus separating yourself and others from the worship experience (e.g., milling around, passing notes, talking).

• Attend rehearsals. A choir is not a group of individuals wearing the same robe; it is a unit, a team, each supporting the other. This teamwork is learned through participating in rehearsals.

• Be punctual for rehearsals and all church services.

• Be respectful of each other, the priest, and the director. Even though singers may have good suggestions to offer during rehearsals, the director has the final word and works with the priest to plan and coordinate the music for the worship services of the parish. If you do have a suggestion, it’s best to offer it before or after the rehearsal so rehearsal time doesn’t get bogged down with discussion.

• Be open-minded to learning new music – refrain from “we have always done it this way.”

• Keep your eyes on the director for direction and cues.

• Mark your music with the director’s instructions and keep your music in proper order.

• Be sensitive to tempo, balance, dynamics, articulation, and phrasing when singing, according to your director’s instruction.

• Warm-up your voice before rehearsals and services, and use your singing voice at other times during the week.

PRIORITY

To build faith and promote unity and commitment in our Parish choirs.

STRATEGIES

•  To organize workshops and seminars to empower our members
•  To organize a public forum to deliberate on choirs progress
•  To have retreats/recollections for spiritual nourishment
•  To Improve liturgical music
•  To work hand in hand with the parish priest.

The Four main Functions of a Church Choir

1. The church choir leads and enlivens the congregation’s song.

2. The church choir sings music that the congregation cannot.

3. The church choir serves as a small-group within the church for faith formation.

4. The church choir sings beautiful and challenging music to praise God and edify the congregation.