For many church music programs, the Fall season begins a season of preparation for their annual Christmas presentation. Allow me to share some thoughts with you as a music member to help you prepare your best for this joyous occasion!
BE AT EVERY REHEARSAL!
No doubt, there will be multiple rehearsals for this event to get everything just right. From those singing to those acting, each must be done diligently in order to honor the Lord in the way things should be. It is a huge disappointment to music leaders when those involved in the music program do not appear to take much interest in one of the music department’s biggest events of the year. Your music leader has, no doubt, spent countless hours researching for just the right material and preparing for a productive rehearsal. Determine to be at every rehearsal. If for some reason you cannot make it to a specific rehearsal, be sure to communicate this to your music leader.
REHEARSE ON YOUR OWN TIME AS WELL!
In today’s digital society, there are many avenues for those involved in the music program to rehearse on their own time. Many music directors will make rehearsal tracks available for each vocal section of the choir. Whether done in the form of a digital download, internet audio, or a physical CD, select the method best for you and schedule some time to rehearse your part each and every week in preparation for your next scheduled rehearsal. Listen to these rehearsal tracks while driving the car, cleaning the house, or doing your morning exercises. Doing this on a routine basis will make your next scheduled rehearsal a breeze!
ADVERTISE YOUR CHRISTMAS PRESENTATION!
There are so many avenues of advertisement, many of which are totally free. Consider posting an event on Facebook, periodically posting it on all of your personal social media accounts, inviting friends and family, and blitzing your community with specialized invitation tracts that containing information about your musical presentation and the Gospel on the back.
REMEMBER THE REASON FOR THE PERFORMANCE!
Some folks may never come to your church for a “regular” service due to their schedules or beliefs. However, many will consider coming for a Christmas presentation. What an opportunity to share the Gospel!