When an organist loses his/her job, this happens for one or both of these reasons:
1. "I'm not doing a good enough job."
2. "I'm playing to the wrong audience."
Sometimes there is the 3rd reason - the church has run out of money.
Often "not good enough" has nothing to do with the number of mistakes we make or what kind of music we play but everything to do with what kind of connection we have with our audience (congregation and clergy).
Increase the connection and maybe you'll eliminate the second reason as well.
When you hear this phrase told to you at the church on Sunday morning, you realize you are being fired on the spot.
How do you find motivation to continue to practice playing the organ after that?
"I have no choice - that's what artists do."
"I want to make progress at the organ, even if they don't care".
"I want to inspire people around me."
If your only thought is "it's not fair," time to remember your mission.
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Drs. Vidas Pinkevicius and Ausra Motuzaite-Pinkeviciene
Organists of Vilnius University , creators of Secrets of Organ Playing.
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