Two weeks from now I am leaving a large church (large in Colorado, anyway) in which I lead worship weekly with a 40-man choir and a modest orchestra. This church is known in the area for its choir…Continue
"I would lend towards using an orchestra and choir SOMETIMES. Every Sunday could be a bit much... but depends on your church. What works for one church doesn't always work for the next. So there's no solid black/white or right/wrong answers…"
So, I'm admittedly a bit "old school" in that I like choirs and orchestras WITH the traditional praise band. You don't see orchestras hardly at all in Colorado churches and choirs themselves are disappearing too. As an artist and a musician, I worry about "art" disappearing in our church culture. As a result of orchestras and choirs going the way of the dodo, worship leaders themselves are often only part-time and fewer and fewer are ordained ministers or even attend seminary.I understand the…See More
"Hey, folks, I'm really excited to be a part of this board. Thanks for the invite! I'm the worship leader at Arapahoe Road Baptist Church in Centennial. we're a congregation of about 200 and I have the honor and privilege to lead a…"
"Perhaps. I find it more difficult for people to follow sheet music to a T;
tempo, verse / chorus / bridge (slide order), etc.
It might take a bit of work for you to become more spontaneous.
You might keep us posted. This sounds…"
"Likewise, it isn't a thing I've experienced in any of the churches I've been in. We get a few "orchestral" instruments - often violin, sometimes cello and I took my double bass down a few weeks ago - but that doesn't…"
"Just like the church choir, orchestras are seen less and less these days. I have no issue against them... when done right that is. In most cases, personally, I'd vote for an orchestra (and probably even choir) to be used for seasonal / special…"
"OK. First I should say that there is not even the smallest chance of building an orchestra in a church the size of ours! We make do with what we have.
But, I think the rule here is (as with most things) to look around, see what resources…"
"Just to add a bit more, I look at have large ensemble through multiple perspectives. The first and primary reason I like having them is that it provides for even more places for church members to plug into. I've known many a person who…"
Two weeks from now I am leaving a large church (large in Colorado, anyway) in which I lead worship weekly with a 40-man choir and a modest orchestra. This church is known in the area for its choir and orchestra. In two weeks, however, I move to a smaller church where they have a strong choir and a small praise band, but no orchestra. Some from the new church have spoken to me about building an orchestra, but I wonder......Don't get me wrong, I come from an orchestral background. I greatly value…See More