I recently came across an informative "How to" series of articles at the blog of Laura Lowe, a pianist based in Georgia. She begins her first article on the role of a choral accompanist with these words:
"Of all the things I do as a musician, church choral accompanying has been the most financially lucrative and emotionally satisfying of my activities short of teaching. Ironically, not one minute of my formal piano instruction was ever devoted to this craft which requires an additional set of skills beyond those of performing well as a soloist."
Accompanying choirs or other, smaller vocal groups is one of the most common forms of employment for working pianists. Here are the links to Lowe's writing on the subject, which she broke into 3 parts.
How to be a Choral Accompanist:
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