I would like to respond to Huan Hsu’s “Bible Belting” (9/30). As a professional choral singer in D.C., I lead a lifestyle (I prefer the term “choir junkie” to “singing whore”) similar to that of my friends interviewed in this article.
Though I realize that the intention was to focus on people who take religious jobs despite their beliefs or lack thereof, I must relate my own experience, which is that my church job is also my church home. I became a member of the church (All Souls Episcopal, the liberal one by the Zoo) after singing there as a professional for a year, and I have stuck to it even though much higher-paying and more prestigious offers come along constantly. Many of us are contributing members of our congregations and do take in the sermons.