This post will be somewhat brief, as I'll be getting my family ready to go to choir practice in a little while.
We just recently joined our parish choir, and I can't tell you how much I'm enjoying it. I love to sing, and haven't sung like this in years. But the fact that our choir was welcoming and encouraging our whole family to join was the icing on the cake.
This is the kind of thing that I love about homeschooling. I can tailor our Wednesdays to be a little less intensive so that we can eat dinner early and be ready to go with no last-minute racing out the door; the girls get the experience of learning about sight-reading, counting measures, and other music topics that despite my enthusiasm for classical music I'm not qualified to teach them; and my husband, who has a very nice singing voice, can join in an activity with us that we can all appreciate and enjoy.
I must confess; I've been a little snobby about choirs in the past. I love Latin and Gregorian chant; I loathe Haugen/Haas music and all the more modern stuff. But I'm reminded by our brief experience as choir members how difficult it is to get an all-volunteer choir organized and capable of learning music at all, and with an hour and a half of practice each week there are lots of complex pieces that will never make it into the repertoire. Still, I think many choir directors would love to be doing more challenging music; I've found out that ours loves Bach choral pieces, so tonight we'll be singing at least one piece in German.
I'd love to hear, in the comments section below, from people who are involved in their parishes at any level. What do you do? What do you like to do? What would you like to see done differently?