In some parishes, it is a custom to give the choir the summer off. I had one choir that was chased from the church because the pastor didn’t want to use AC, and we had no rehearsal room. It was determined we could practice in people’s homes over the summer. The choir enjoyed it so much, they never went back to church … except on weekends.
So … have a seat in the purple chair and assume your singers and musicians want the summer off. Do you slot cantors to replace the group? Do you recruit a summer choir, even though that might be significant recruiting and some rehearsal? Talk your singers into a once-a-month thing and try the carrot approach of a cookout or a softball game or something?
Any good ideas out there?