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by Roline Acox Thomas
God is a God of order. Everything we do, we do, for his glory. His Word tells calls us to excellence, “Let all
things be done decently and in order” (I Corninthians 14:40). Why is it then, during our choir rehearsals, things
Have you ever left a rehearsal feeling you made no accomplishments? Has there been no order, direction, or
plan? Choir rehearsals should be planned.
Haphazard rehearsals produce a haphazard ministry. It is important for you to plan on paper. Many of us fool
ourselves into believing that we will remember every detail of what we need to accomplish. It is very important
that we get into the practice of writing down what we plan to accomplish. There is nothing wrong with having a
plan…..there is nothing right about wasting time.
I usually plan for a maximum of 90 minutes. My rehearsal begin after Wednesday Bible Study at 8:15 pm. We
do not get out until 9:45 p.m. We must be considerate that others with families and jobs are volunteering their
Here is an outline of my rehearsal plans. Minutes are approximate.
thanks to God, as well as prayers for the request of choir members.
2. Business (5 minutes) - Choir president presides. More time is allowed if we are preparing for a
special event. Because we meet each week, there is usually not much new business to discuss.
3. Devotional Thought (5 minutes) - A brief, prepared devotion, or humorous story related to music
ministry -or- testimony from a choir member. Also, If I plan to do a lyric study of new music, we may skip
the devotional thought. Devotions should be preassigned to choir members or the choir's chaplain can
4. Evaluate the last worship service (5 minutes) - This is optional, and not done during each meeting.
We evaluate at least once a month. Honest evaluation of the ministry as a whole is expected. We do not
single out individuals. No "put downs" or hidden agendas.
5. Vocal Warm-up (10 minutes) - A brief but thorough warm-up is needed to get a choir’s sound
6. Rehearse Selections ( 30-45 minutes) - Musicians & directors should be familiar with the songs
before rehearsal time. Time is wasted when one has to figure out lyrics, chords and/or choir parts
during the rehearsal.
7. Final Run (15 minutes) - Sing through song list without stopping. This helps a choir and musician to
learn how to “cover up” mistakes during the worship.
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