IMPORTANT: Please read the comment section for a continuation and clarification of the story.
The short version: the choir director at the church I play for in Monticello is resigning.
The still short but much more intriguing version: After a few years of suspicion and shady goings-on, several members of the church, including some deacons, hired a Private Investigator to check out the pastor. Among other things, they found insurance fraud, falsifying a disability claim, and lying on an application. The choir director says he did not get involved in it, because the preacher and his supporters were already using him as a target and a scapegoat, and it would be suicide to add his name to the list. The committee presented the preacher with the evidence and gave him a week to resign. His supporters went up in arms about how he was mistreated and maligned, and he refused to resign. The committee backed down, the preacher is still there, several people from the committee got fired, including the Chair of Deacons. The choir director’s name got dragged into it anyway and several people left the choir. He has since been maligned, to his face, behind his back, verbally and in print. He is over it, and his resignation was read aloud tonight at a business meeting. His final Sunday is this Sunday, leaving them without a choir director.
Though the resignation was a shock to everyone, I knew as of a few weeks ago. I was prepared to lead the choir in the interim, or even for the rest of my stay in Tallahassee, so long as they paid me for it. I have lead the choir before and they made no complaints about my directing.
I have no official position on the whole matter, as I am not a member of the church, and I like this job’s pay and have no desire to jeopardize it so long as I am left out of the whole mess and it does not affect me. Also, I was not put here to judge men – that is God’s problem.
The choir director’s daughter, Kristin, texted me tonight with news.
The players are: The choir director; Joe, the creepy redhead who fancies himself a tenor but can’t count, match pitch, or read quickly enough to keep up with the music; Sarah, a musically-inclined though (I think) untrained soprano in the choir who is often away on business; Edna, a former choir member who has always hated the director; Lynn, wife of a choir member; Sam, a former choir member.
Kristin (21:12): So dads resignation was read tonight…..church decided that sarah and joe will help lead the choir until someone can be found. Fyi sarah’s gonna be gone
Kristin (21:13): for most of september and october…..so that leaves joe…… :( bad news. Uuuuugh i know!!!!!
Me (21:14): Fantastic. Probably means I will be doing most of it
Kristin (21:16): No youre name came up and they didnt like that idea….. freaking idiots
Me (21:17): Really? That’s interesting. Who objected? The choir or the congregation?
Kristin (21:18) not sure…but apparently u arent being considered cuz u are “just the piano player.”
Me (21:19) Oh well. Good to know that joe has more musical expertise than I do.
Kristin (21:21): Hey they’re gonna get what they pay for…..and im pretty sure joe’s getting a whole lotta nada!!
Me (21:22) I mean that is true, I would insist on a raise if I had to do it, but that’s not the point.
Kristin (21:25): i know……but hey maybe they’ll find someone super quick. Edna, lynn [redacted], joe, and sam are on the search committee……
Me (21:26): I mean I don’t really care one way or the other. They could hire a trained monkey. But I have a few more qualifications than being “just the piano player.”
Kristin (21:28) We heartily agree lady.
(In place of my original closing comments, and in light of more information from someone who was actually there, please check out the comments.)