The One

I tell people that I’ve spent my entire life in Los Angeles.  Born and Raised:  The Few, The Proud.  And, it’s almost entirely true.  Almost. When I was in college many moons ago, I had the opportunity to study at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.  For my junior year I spent my days and nights…

PREPARING FOR SERVICES THAT YOU NEVER WANTED TO HAPPEN

In light of the devastating hurricane and tragic flooding in TX (my state, by the way), the wildfires in Montana, and countless other less-known tragedies that have happened in our respective worlds and church communities, sometimes we find ourselves in a place where we are quickly needing to change directions with our worship service planning. Our previously…

FOR EVERY SEASON… A SONG

The beginning of a new season of song with your church choral or instrumental program can be a time of great energy as your people gather once again to prepare for praise. New friendships are formed, new lessons are learned, and new opportunities of service are explored. With that said, we must admit that in…

HAVING A MUSICAL CONVERSATION

I grew up with the tradition of responsive readings, long before litanies were printed in our Baptist order of worship. It was the only time I could talk during the service without getting in trouble! By listening to the voices around me, I learned how to read in unison, when to pause, where phrases began…

FIVE KEY QUESTIONS FOR CORPORATE WORSHIP MUSIC PLANNERS

As a church leader who has engaged in weekly worship planning for 30+ years, I often get lost in the business and clutter of the week, losing sight of what’s really important when selecting music for worship. So, as I sit writing this article, I am reminding myself again what matters most. As you plan…

THE GIFT OF SINGING IS SOMETIMES HARD TO UNWRAP

Congregational singing, what a glorious sound. There is nothing better than to hear the voices of your church family singing out God’s praises. When it comes to this topic, the debate is never ending. Everyone seems to have an opinion and wants to have their voice heard. We have arguments about whether the churches today…

CHILDREN SING!

One of the great joys of music ministry is nurturing the spiritual and musical gifts of children. To help them develop these gifts, directors and teachers need exceptional, age-appropriate resources that provide the foundation for learning and success. With a new choir year fast approaching, it’s time to start planning repertoire! Check out these outstanding…

Brad Nix

Let the Song Begin (New challenges and new opportunities for composer Brad Nix ) It is often challenging for collegiate educators to adapt their highly developed compositional skills to sanctuary or community choir settings. Not for any lack of craftsmanship or talent, but because it feels a little bit like “swimming with handcuffs on” trying…

And So We Sing

Why do we Christians sing? In the world of musical theater, there is an axiom that dictates when the character reaches an emotional peak, he or she should break into song. So for the likes of Curly, and Cosette, and Sweeny Todd – singing is the inevitable response to the drama of the moment. In…

Family Matters

Folks that have served in ministry for any length of time will tell you how it is often difficult to balance church responsibilities with family life. Even if you are employed part-time with a church, very often your actual responsibilities (and work hours!) will closely resemble that of the full-time staff. So, as summer comes…

‘Tis A Gift To Be Singing

Dear Friends, Ready or not, here it comes! The new choir year is just round the corner. The summer has almost had its say, and soon our choir lofts will be buzzing with new opportunities for message and music. In my early days as a church choir director, I started off each year with a…