Yep.Emower wrote: ↑Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:17 amI used to think that the chorister was unimportant until I had a super awkward experience at a ward function. We came to the end of the 4 verse song, and the pianist decided that was the end. The congregation decided they wanted to keep going with the verses that are printed below the song. The pianist then tried to catch up, but couldnt and it sounded horrendous. So the end of the verse comes along, the congregation decided to stop, but the pianist assumed they wanted to sing the rest so he kept playing. The congregation tried to catch up, but didnt and it sounded horrendous. This went on for another round before everybody decided to just let it go. A chorister may or may not have made a difference, but at least someone would have been in charge.
We value live music, in a very tightly controlled vein of acceptable genre, instruments, and content. However, we don't value the service of the people who are trained on their own dime to bring in that expertise.
As a teenager, I was offered $300/ hour to accompany another church congregation as organist. Of course I wasn't willing to work on Sunday!
The bishop has called two teenagers to help me. I'm not sure how dependable they will shake out to be. Hopefully I'll get a bit of a break before the babies are born...