Monday, May 15, 2006

new churches with choir lofts?

I need to find some references to new churches built with with choir lofts.....anyone know of them?

Apparently a journal of church architecture (to which my pastor subscribes) never shows new churches built with choir lofts.

4 Comments:

At Monday, May 15, 2006 2:12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the missions built in San Antonio, TX area still has a functioning chapel, but they actually built a choir loft into this tiny church recently.

 
At Thursday, May 18, 2006 7:20:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At Thursday, June 01, 2006 8:18:00 AM, Blogger Todd said...

They put one in mine when built in 1984. Huge stained glass window that really stresses the organ. Same window renders the loft quite immune to the church's AC system in the afternoon ... unless the thermostat downstairs is set to something like 60. When the choir sits down, their line of sight begins about ten feet above the priest's head. When they stand, tall people might just about be able to see the priest's head if they were in the back row of the choir. Choir library people do filing and other work during the homilies, which many people up there complain they can't hear very well anyway.

In a nutshell, the loft was designed for a 175-ft long church; ours is 115. I sure wouldn't want it written up in any journal.

 
At Thursday, June 01, 2006 1:58:00 PM, Blogger Cantor said...

Todd,

It doesn’t sound as if your experience of being in a choir loft matches with mine; we used to have some issues like what you describe, but generally, people understood that they were every bit as much a part of the Mass. Line of sight, I think, wasn’t an issue, and the church’s acoustics allowed us to hear the homily and readings clearly.

Interesting, though, to know of at least one example of a choir loft being installed post-V2.

 

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