Tuesday, June 16, 2009

conducting congregational chant responses

golly, it's been a while since I've written here...

I know I wrote something, I can't remember what for, where I kind of criticized another choir director for attempting to "direct/cut-off" the chant responses (think: "A-me-n" or "and also with you.")

But now I realize my error. I am not sure, but I think that my congregation/choir might be getting slower and slower.
"A-me-n." is gradually becoming "A-mehhhhhhh-nnnnnnnnn..."
you get the point.

Fr. G mentioned this to the congregation once a few months ago, but I don't think most of my choir member culprits were paying attention, or really knew what he was referring to in musical terms.

And whenever I am rehearsing with them I forget to mention this small point: Don't "drag out" any of your responses! If the choir is quick and to the point, the congregation will follow. I think.

So, perhaps I should try conducting. A quick, "A-" then" meh" then a clear cut-off on "n."

we shall see.


Gavin said...

I don't typically conduct those things, but I'd suggest doing it if you think the church is getting behind. The congregation will follow what the choir does.

totustuusmaria said...

I think it works a lot better when the choir is conducted and can lead the people by example. Having experienced it done both ways -- with congregational and choir leadership -- I am here to attest to the fact that the the 'amen' never reaches its amen unless someone urges it along.

Anonymous said...

It's been a whole week since you posted again!