While many people have heard of them, not every church boasts its own choir. Churches with choirs generally have their own musical director, and many of them are volunteers or part of the church staff. Choir members come from the congregation, and they give up their free time to practice and perfect their music. They perform at the church services, and provide their music for special events within their community and some travel to compete against other church choirs.
The music for a church service is chosen for many different reasons. It can be a way to help parishioners feel closer to God and their fellow worshippers during the service, and it can also be used to illustrate some of the concepts of the day’s sermon. In some churches, it is used as a tool to help the congregation open their minds to the message of fellowship by helping them to participate more fully.
Special events within a community include celebrating the holidays or going to various locations. Holiday performances are often open to the public, and this is a way for the congregation to attract new members as well as help older members find an excuse to begin attending church again. Events within the community may also include going to nursing homes and hospitals to help soothe the residents who cannot attend church on a regular basis.
Choir competitions have been around for many years, and being invited to attend them is a way to share religious music within a group of churches. Not all choirs are invited to these events, but they are heavily supported by their congregations when they do go. Winning is always a welcome feeling, but many choirs feel honored to be able to compete and share the abilities of their members with others.