I did a recording session over last weekend of two high school choirs for a Christmas CD. It took place in a chapel on the campus of a local high school. The chapel was large and octagon shaped and the choir size varied from 12 to 96 people. I used a Decca tree for the main setup with 3 AT4050 microphones (Cardioid pattern) (the front microphone was over the director's head) and I used two AKG Blueline microphones for the piano (2nd and 4th hole) and for spot microphones I used a pair of AT4051s. These were used for a flute and accordion pickup as well as for soloist from the choir. The recording took two days with each song being recorded in about 45 minutes from start to finish. The room is somewhat "weird" in that there is not a lot of reverb and if you stand in the middle of the room it looks like you are standing under a giant oil can with lots of windows at the top and a dome over the whole place. We got a really good recording and had very few problems the two days. The director's of the two choirs were very good and had everything mapped out perfectly. Some of the songs had piano accompaniment and some were a cappella. About half way though the session one of the choir directors came up to me and asked why we did not mic each singer individually with his or her own microphone? He also said that he thought the recording had too much room sound in it. I informed him that it was his choice and that I did not have a say as to venue and I told him that I thought that the reason we were recording in this particular building was because of the "sound" it would impart to the sound of the choir. He said he would prefer a much tighter sound with no reverb and no sound of the room. We had some further discussions and it finally came out that the reason we used this building was that it was available for the recording when they needed to do the recording but the director though I would be able to "overcome" the sound of the room. We did have some traffic noise problems since this chapel is on a busy street right next to a firehouse and 1 block away from a major hospital and right across the street from a fast food restaurant. There was also an air handling unit that could not be turned off which added some low frequency information to the recording that I can remove with some careful EQ. The recording sounds great overall but there is the "sound" of this room as part of the recording and as I explained to the director if you wanted a "neutral" sounding space this was not it. I told him that to do what he wanted we would have to be in a recording studio that was fairly dead and even then I would not mic each individual singer. He looked at me and said "I would think in this digital age there were ways of doing things that were not possible a couple of years ago and that one of them would be the ability to remove the room from the recording. I am just wondering if anyone has been in this position before (with a choir director not understanding recording technology) and what your feelings were on it and what you told your person or persons. Thanks in advance for any feedback.