THE CHORAL FANTASY

My mom is currently downsizing her life, and recently she asked if I would go through our family record album collection to see if there were any vintage records I wanted to keep. I love LP’s, so I took on the project with no hesitation and with gleeful anticipation. I sequestered myself in my sisters…

Music of Gratitude

Thanksgiving has just passed. Christmas is around the corner. I’m taking this opportunity to “mash-up” these two events and say how very thankful I am for all the Ministers of Music, church choirs, church orchestras, and drama ministries that have programmed my music for the last forty Christmases. Your support and patronage have helped sustain…

CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS

When I was young, we lived for a while with my grandparents. My mom was a nurse and my dad was a seminary student, so this was a real blessing for us. One holiday season my “mam-maw” let me help decorate the Christmas tree. Out came boxes of treasured ornaments, many of them handed down…

BACK TO THE LOFT Starting A New Season of Song

Here we go again! It’s time for a new choir year to begin! Clean the robes, put the pencils in the folders, and tune the choir room piano. Let there be music! There is simply nothing like the excitement and fear of that first rehearsal. The conferences of the summer are behind you… now you…

VOICES OF SPRING

Nothing puts a smile on my face quicker than watching the classic episode of Andy Griffith where Barney joins the choir and somehow ends up singing the solo. “Welcome sweet springtime, we greet you in song.” The look on the directors face is priceless, and one I have seen on many ministers of music in…

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…