30 Small Things a Director Can Do to have a big impact on a Choir

by vernsanders on June 11, 2010

Small is beautiful, right? Here are 30 small things a director can do to have a big impact on a choir ministry:

1. Greet everyone by name as they arrive at rehearsal

2. Change the rehearsal seating arrangement to best fit the current week’s music

3. Work on vibrant, soft singing…it will make the loud singing have more impact

4. Rehearse an anthem only singing vowels or consonants, but not both

5. Have a choir member sit “in the pews” during a part of a rehearsal and then report back to the choir what they heard and saw

6. Ask your sound person to attend a rehearsal, and give them a running commentary about what you are trying to achieve sound-wise, and what you are listening to and for

7. Let a choir member direct the choir for a part of rehearsal

8. Rehearse in a circle so that everyone can hear everyone

9. Organize a ride-share program for those who can’t get to rehearsal any other way

10. Buy and distribute flowers to all choir members on the rehearsal closest to Valentine’s Day

11. Use a cell phone during rehearsal to call a house bound or travelling choir member or congregant and sing that week’s anthem for them

12. Schedule 5 minutes at the end of each rehearsal to have a singer tell how God has impacted their life

13. Ask the pastor to attend all or part of a rehearsal and pray with/for the choir

14. Invite a choral colleague or clinician to work with your choir in rehearsal

15. Celebrate the Lord’s Supper during a rehearsal

16. Explain and adopt the “Never on Sunday” rule

17. Thank the accompanist once a week in public for their contributions to the ministry

18. Let the accompanist direct the choir during worship from time to time

19. Send a weekly email to all choir members praising their efforts and thanking them…include a devotional and the next week’s rehearsal plan

20. Start a choir facebook page

21. Send a birthday card with a personal note to each choir member on their birthday

22. Write a thank you note to choir spouses and families acknowledging their support of “their” choir member

23. Organize a small scale choir mission project such as sponsoring a child

24. Organize a men’s choir to sing on Mother’s Day and a women’s choir to sing on Father’s Day

25. Have an annual “choir reunion” weekend and invite all former choir members to attend

26. Schedule an anthem with the children’s and/or youth choir(s) and establish a “buddy system” between an adult choir member and one of the children/youth

27. Organize a choir caroling outing to congregational shut-ins during the Christmas season

28. Institute an annual award for the person(s) who contributed the most to the choir ministry during the previous year

29. Work with your pastor to plan music one season ahead

30. Pray for a choir member each day

I’m sure there are more…and I’d love to hear your suggestions. Let me know what small things you do to have a big impact. Please leave a comment and share your ideas with everyone reading this.

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Conya June 14, 2010 at 10:33 am

-Provide peppermints at rehearsals, and have small bottled water for those extra-long special rehearsals.

Vern Sanders June 14, 2010 at 1:00 pm

great idea, Conya…especially the bottled water…I think it is something that should be in the church’s music/worship budget, if at all possible.


Vicki Carr June 14, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Such great ideas. I can use them at school, too.

Anita LaVallee Hughes June 21, 2010 at 7:26 am

We have a seasonal choir that runs from Sept-the end of April. One year at the end of the first four rehearsals in the fall, I had each person in a section (sop/alto/tenor/bass) answer a specific question like “What was the first choir you ever sang in?” It sparked a lot of interest and communication and allowed the choir to get to know each other a little better/a little deeper. Throughout the season I would hear them speaking to each other about some of the things they had shared in the fall.

vernsanders June 21, 2010 at 9:14 am

That’s a great idea, Anita. I’m going to try that one…


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