CURIOSITY CORNER

If you could have dinner with an influential sacred leader from the past, who would you choose?   PAMELA STEWART If I could have dinner with any sacred leader from the distant past, it would be Peter Marshall, the Scottish-born Presbyterian minister who became the Chaplain of the U. S. Senate, to talk with him about writing prayers….

BACK TO THE FUTURE

When I reflect upon the experiences that have influenced my musical and spiritual life, I am overwhelmed at the grace that has been shown to me. Music and faith were nurtured in me from the very start, and my life has been in cooperation and celebration of that legacy of service and song. As I…

SIX WAYS to PAY IT FORWARD IN MUSIC MINISTRY

As we contemplate the legacy we’ve been given, consider these ideas for passing on the song in music ministry: 1. Sing Robustly – You can influence congregational singing for the future by singing with great enthusiasm during congregational worship. Family and friends will remember your example and will often follow suit. 2. Scholarships & Endowments…

Benefits of Traveling with Your Choir

As a tour project manager for nearly 10 years, I have assisted many choirs as they plan trips abroad. As a singer, I have had the opportunity to sing with some of the groups as they experience the joy of taking their songs outside the sanctuary. There are many benefits of traveling abroad with your choir….

A Legacy of Christmas

Legacy: something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past. I think about Legacy a lot in my job. I have the honor, privilege and challenge of sitting in the same position that my father, Fred, sat for almost thirty years. His name is the company name. I even have…

LET THERE BE GIFTS

Buying the perfect Christmas gift for my pianist/composer Dad, Joseph Martin, is never easy. First of all he is very picky! Second of all he already has everything! Thirdly, he is very picky! This year I’m thinking about a lot of interesting musical options. I have been doing my research, and I am narrowing it down…

Singing It Forward

Our theme for this WorshipSongsOnline release is dedicated to being grateful for those who awakened in us a love of music and message.  During the holiday season, we are often filled with memories of treasured times, and our thoughts inevitably turn to those people who motivated and inspired us.  Some years ago I purchased a…

Let There Be Carols

I am constantly amazed and inspired by the creativity of composers and arrangers. As I review new manuscripts, I see the titles like “Silent Night” and “O Holy Night,” “Joy To The World,” and ”God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” and I wonder, “Why another arrangement of this?” After all, what can be said in an…

Unique Family Holiday Traditions

Kevin Boesiger My unique family holiday tradition: Every year on Christmas Eve we would open one gift, which was always a game for the whole family to play together. Of course when the kids were little we had games like Candyland and Hungry Hippos. Now all our kids are grown, and soon 3 of the…

SHEPHERDING THE CHOIR

I have been blessed to receive much correspondence about the music I have written through the years.  The comments, both accolades and admonitions, help inform my future writing and I am always grateful that someone cared enough to reach out. In all my years of writing, the vast majority of these letters are directed at…

“I CAN DO THIS!” SONGS THAT MOTIVATE

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 3 MOTIVATIONAL,  “I CAN DO THIS!” SONGS?  THOSE SONGS YOU ALWAYS CRANK UP ON THE RADIO AND THROW YOUR HEAD BACK AND SING.         PAMELA STEWART “Boys of Summer” (Don Henley) “Big Shot” (Billy Joel) “In the Air Tonight” (Phil Collins)   HEATHER SORENSON Shackles by Mary Mary My Life Is In Your Hands…

Partners In Praise

Our guest blogger for this month is Paul Magyar. Paul is one of our respected choral directors, having served in both academic and church settings. From concert halls to sanctuaries, his music has resounded with both artistry and ministry. His personal blog site, pmagyar.blogspot.com , is a treasury of inspiration for sacred musicians.   In September of 2016,…