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Listening More Carefully

Posted by Jason, November 2, 2016

When I was in graduate school, one of my organ professors was part of a panel of judges adjudicating an organ competition. One player after the next would perform the same repertoire. With but a few exceptions, I thought all of the players sounded alike. In my lesson the following week, I made this comment to my professor. He smiled and said, “Yes, it could all sound alike.”

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Newport Revelations

Posted by Jason, August 31, 2016

In early August, I was fortunate once again to attend the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) training course in Newport, Rhode Island. Every summer these weeklong courses are held throughout the country. Each course has its own make up – some are for boys only, some for girls only, some are just for trebles, and some, like Newport, are for both trebles (boys and girls) and adults. I’ve attended this same course the past five years, and each year I return invigorated and optimistic for the future of church music.

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Mid-Day Musicale

Posted by Jason, July 28, 2016

A friend shared this video last week, and I’ve watched and listened to it numerous times over the past few days. In a time of extreme heat, and non-stop political rhetoric, I’ve found this performance of Schubert’s Impromptu by Vladmir Horowitz to be a welcome respite. I hope you might take a few minutes to just relax, “chill out,” and listen to a breathtakingly beautiful musical offering. (Warning: children learning to play piano, don’t try to copy Horowitz’s “flat finger” technique. He had extremely large hands and also had his pianos adjusted to be very light to the touch.) 

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Weeping spends the night - again

Posted by Jason, June 21, 2016

The murder of 49 innocent people in Orlando has been weighing heavily on my heart. And I know I’m not the only one.

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Thoughts and Prayers and Honesty

Posted by Jason, June 8, 2016

I had a high school speech and drama teacher who shared with me that one of her biggest annoyances was the casual greeting people offered of “How are you?” As she pointed out, people seemed to just say that as an alternative to “Hello” because in fact, people really didn’t want to know how someone was doing.

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How Can I Keep From Singing?!

Posted by Jason, April 28, 2016

The past month, I’ve had a couple of occasions to be a singer in a choir rather than the director. I always find this to be helpful to me – what is the director doing that I like/don’t like? What can I take away from this experience to make me a better director? Additionally, I enjoy singing. I always have; even though I’m not exactly a voice you’d want to hear singing a solo.

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All You Need is Love

Posted by Jason, February 23, 2016

It’s a big election year and all the media and online chatter seems to be focused on who is best qualified to be our next leader. I won’t risk getting political here, but I am more than willing to boast that, as an Episcopalian, I am thrilled with our church’s leader – Michael Curry, the Presiding Bishop. Recently, I had the good fortune to hear him speak at the National Press Club. He was there thanks to the generous invitation/work of Christ Church parishioner, Susan Hahn.

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A Slap on the Wrist or More?

Posted by Jason, January 20, 2016

One could easily be misled with the various news reports about what exactly happened at the meeting of the Primates of the Anglican Communion last week. I’ve winced reading news reports that were inaccurate, and I know that many of us have questions about what all of this will mean for the Episcopal Church over the coming years.

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Hark! A thrilling voice is sounding!

Posted by Jason, December 16, 2015

The past few weeks in choir rehearsals, as we have begun our practice time by reviewing hymns for the upcoming Sunday, I have regularly remarked "Gosh, isn't this a great hymn?!"  I hold the belief that the Advent section of hymns in the Hymnal 1982, is the richest section found in the book.

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Should We Still Sing This?

Posted by Jason, November 4, 2015

It recently was revealed that a deceased Bishop in the Church of the England had committed a terrible offense during his time as Bishop. He was much beloved by many and quite popular at the time of his death. In fact, he has the equivalent of a Feast Day in the Church of England. The latest news is likely to result in the removal of his Feast Day.

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