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Hark! A Thrilling Voice is Sounding

Posted by Jason, December 4, 2013

It would not bother me at all if Advent lasted significantly longer that it presently does. A friend and colleague asked me last week if I was ever able to really do the music I want during Advent. I told him that I didn’t because of the time crunch in preparing for Christmas, the reality that many choir members are gone during the month of December, preparing for Lessons and Carols, etc. He stated that he felt exactly the same way.

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Listen for Something New

Posted by Heather, August 29, 2013

Christian rock and praise music (which are not the same thing) have never been my go-to musical styles for Christian music. I love the camp and VBS songs – the Lord said to Noah there’s gonna be a floody-floody… I love Gospel music, especially the style where there is a call and response between one or two lead voices and the big, powerful choir.

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Saints, Angels, Singers

Posted by Jason, August 14, 2013

I had the great joy of attending the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) course in Newport, Rhode Island last week. Each summer, there are RSCM camps at various places throughout the country. The weeklong camps are geared towards boys and girls, but adults come along as well and fill in the gaps needed for the alto, tenor, and bass parts. I was thrilled to take five of our own choristers to this camp.

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My AAMish Family

Posted by Jason, July 17, 2013

I returned last week from the annual conference of the Association of Anglican Musicians (AAM) held in Denver. I belong to a number of professional organizations, but AAM is the one that is most near and dear to me; its annual conferences are often a highlight of my summer.

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Till Death Do Us Part

Posted by Jason, May 22, 2013

I recently was having dinner with a group of friends and the conversation turned to what we had all done at work that day. I mentioned that I played a funeral in the morning before getting on with other normal routines of work. Suddenly I was being peppered with questions – “Do you find it difficult to play for a funeral?” “Isn’t that depressing?” “Do you see the body?” “What are funerals like at your church?”

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Giving Thanks

Posted by Jason, March 26, 2013

I encourage you to thank members of the choirs when you see them, whether on Sunday mornings at church or an accidental encounter at the grocery store. And, I ask that you do this to both children and adults.

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The Beauty of Holiness

Posted by Jason, February 27, 2013

My friend and colleague, Michael Smith (organist-choirmaster at Washington Memorial Chapel in Valley Forge, PA) recently wrote the following article for his church’s newsletter. I was inspired by his article. I have removed the section where he writes of the architecture of his parish, because it is quite different from our own. Nevertheless, I concur about the need for our liturgy to be true to its environment.  I commend it to you to read as we ponder what we do, and why we do it, in worship. And, I extend thanks to Michael for allowing me to share this.

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I wonder what’s next

Posted by Jason, January 31, 2013

I went with a friend last week to see the movie Quartet with a friend. The movie was quite good, and I recommend it. Don’t worry, I’m not going to give any spoilers away in this post. The setting of the movie is a retirement home which caters specifically to musicians, and the movie centers around the retirement of a notable opera singer (played by the incomparable Maggie Smith) to this home. The plot features the typical struggle of old age, and the acceptance that one can no longer do what one could at a younger age. This is especially true of singers.

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Released

Posted by Ann, January 23, 2013

At first glance, Barry looks like an aging rock star: pushing 50, spiky bleached hair, British accent, crooked teeth, an assortment of earrings and bracelets. He might have stepped right out of the R & R film spoof, Spinal Tap. What a first glance doesn’t tell you is that Barry has a Ph.D in Philosophy, he teaches at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena on the intersection of culture and art, and is now an Episcopal priest. He may have started out playing with the band AC/DC, but currently he delivers papers on Christianity in the 21st century, and leads an alternative worship service at one of the cardinal parishes in Los Angeles. 

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A Memorable Mississippian

Posted by Jason, December 26, 2012

After the exhaustive schedule of Christmas Eve, I was prepared to spend most of the remainder of my Christmas day with my brain turned off. Shortly after noon, however, Ann Gillespie called to tell me the sad news that Bishop Jane Dixon died overnight.

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