Music of Note (A conversation with PATTI DRENNAN)

Patti Drennan has been joyfully energizing choirs with her singular style of writing since her initial publications in the 90’s. Her music leaps from the page with engaging melodies and innovative part-writing. From cool jazz to classic choral treatments, from festive hymn arrangements to expressive original ballads, her music speaks in sanctuaries and concert halls…

BE STILL AND KNOW

Much has been written about the importance of finding moments of quiet and reflection in cultivating wellness of spirit and body. The concepts of retreating into a sanctuary of stillness for the purposes of renewing a deeper peace has been a valuable in my own life. I attended a college that placed a strong emphasis…

Engaging the Senses –– In Remembrance

For most of us, the journey down memory lane is more than a journey of the mind. Our memories, particularly the most profound ones, are a kaleidoscope of sight, sound, smell, taste, touch. There are happy childhood memories of waking up to the muffled, low conversation of the grown-ups around the table, and the reassuring…

CHILDREN’S MUSIC FOR LENT, PALM SUNDAY and EASTER

Children’s choirs make a moving and memorable addition to the plethora of worship services during Lent, Holy Week, and Easter. From songs of reflection and introspection to songs of celebration and rejoicing, Shawnee Press is proud to provide an outstanding catalog of children’s choral music for the Lenten and Easter season! Be sure to check…

REJOICING, REMEMBERING, AND RETELLING DURING THE LENTEN SEASON

  Gathering weekly for corporate worship is important to a vital and growing relationship with God and with our fellow Christ-followers. At no season in our worship cycle is this more obvious than during Lent. Many key tenants of our faith are brought to the forefront in corporate worship during this season; Christ’s sinless life,…

The Weekly Choir Rehearsal

IT’S ABOUT MORE THAN JUST LEARNING THE NOTES! If you have been involved in choral music ministry for any length of time, you know that the one practice allotted to choir each week does not provide nearly enough time to learn all that needs to be learned. In fact, if you think about it, we…

THE SOUNDTRACK TO GOD’S VOICE

I’m a little bit of an “underscore” snob. Full disclosure: that really isn’t a category! And secondly, I’m really not snobby about it! But I do have some fairly developed opinions on how to/how NOT to underscore sensitive portions of the service. These moments would include time of silent and/or spoken prayer, moments of reflection,…

WALKING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF CHRIST

All of life is a journey. Isn’t the purpose of the Christian life to glorify God? So it stands to reason that our entire existence is a journey that points to Christ. In essence, our life should resonate with alleluias and praise. Since many of us serve as musicians in worship, how do we portray…

If We Keep Quiet…Then What?

With the exception of the Resurrection, the Triumphal Entry stands out as a lone “happy moment” in the sorrowful series of events that led directly to Jesus’ suffering and death on Golgotha. The Savior’s famous ride into Jerusalem serves as a popular event to celebrate the beginning of Holy Week and, as a result, an…

A Hinshaw Classic

“The kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.” Matthew 13:45-46 We’ve all heard these two verses before in Sunday School or a sermon (usually on tithing, right?!?!) on Sunday morning….

Heather Sorenson

Composer Spotlight Q&A What was the music of your youth? As much as music was a big part of my growing up years, the actual “music of my youth” was very, very limited. I could’ve won the “Most Accomplished Musician Who Knows the Fewest Songs Award,” had it existed! Mostly I was allowed to listen…

The Wonder of Advent

Waiting is one of the most difficult things we do. Yes, it is something we can actually “do” as opposed to the type of waiting where we simply sit back and do nothing. Advent involves our waiting with our whole being: actively watching and listening with anticipation and expectation. When our children were small, we…