I am not sure if I need to go to confession again, or if I have missed a golden opportunity.
The singer who requires a good 33.33333 % of our corrective rehearsal time, (and a proportionate lion's share of our teaching-parts-rehearsal-time,) when I made a request of said singer, towards the beginning of last night's final-before-the-marathon-that-is-the-Triduum rehearsal, announced that said singer does not "appreciate being picked on."
Himself's take, as a back bencher, which he expressed to me after rehearsal, was that my reply was firm but conciliatory. Or conciliatory but firm, can't remember the order.
I don't think I had picked on this singer, although I did single out this singer at our last rehearsal, asking the rest of the section to rest their voices while I tried to hammer a mere four notes into this singer's brain for 15 minutes.
(The anthem containing these 4 notes is diatonic, has rhythms of martial consistency, no part crossing, no section dividing, and is in English. And, beginning with a pick-up they are sol do mi do. I am not making this up.)
After that rehearsal I asked some people whose opinion I value if I had been unkind, and they all assured me I had not, but I must have suspected my own behavior or I wouldn't have wondered, eh?
On the other hand this singer takes more time and energy than the rest of the choir combined, and if last night I had answered with an edge in my voice, perhaps this singer would have walked...
This singer sang in the choir under several previous directors, but I had never met this singer as there had been some sort of falling out betwixt singer and director each time, and the Tenor Who Knows Everything raised an eyebrow and sucked his teeth meaningfully at the return.
I don't know.
Oh, and last night when we got to the anthem that had taken so much effort at the previous rehearsal? and those four notes?
As if this singer were sight-reading, and wrong, wrong, wrong and....wrong.