PALM SPRINGS | Being a church minister in the era of COVID-19 is complicated, but especially so for music ministers and choir directors. Fears related to spreading the disease and tools used to block its transmission can make their work more challenging. Add to that the increased absences of choir members because of the pandemic and the trials can become extreme.
Richard Robbins, director of choral activities at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, understands what they’ve been going through. He has worked as an educator and church musician for many years and knows well the problems of music directors, and even more the people who direct youth choral programs.