What we wouldn't give for an actual choir loft!
My church is a small, one-story mission parish that barely seats 175. The entire front of the sanctuary is altar, with the organ tucked right up against it and the first pews barely 4 feet away. It's a tight space, and we have to make the most of it. The only place for the choir is the space directly in front of Mary's altar, on the left side. The Tabernacle is on the right, where the Altar Servers have their seats. The Sacristy and the Confessional are in the back, at the entrance, on either side of the tiny vestibule. The storage closets and cleaning supplies are in the Confessional.
We have to be creative with our space, but no way are we giving up liturgical music.
Since we're on the subject of women on the Altar, let me ask you this ... if you believe that women should never be on the Altar, should only men do the cleaning there, then? 'Cause that just isn't gonna happen here!