Substitute Organists Who Conduct from the Bench?
Written by Donald Moro   
Tuesday, 04 September 2012 11:06

I am currently the substitute organist at a church that employs both an accompanist and a choral director. While it's obviously a better experience for everyone if the church can afford to employ two people, most often I find that I am called upon to act as both director and accompanist in the service. My experience over several years has taught me to do a pretty darn good job conducting from the bench (if I say so myself!) while also being able to organize the music, lead rehearsals, and play competently. It seems to me that in these difficult financial times, churches that pay two people to do the job of one are spending money on an unnecessary luxury.