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,…

Modern Gadgets

For this issue of Curiosity Corner, we asked our writers to name three gadgets or inventions that have been useful to their lives. KEVIN BOESIGER iPad – I have been using my iPad for all my scores for the past 5-6 years and I LOVE IT! I use it for worship, for accompaning and even used…

CELEBRATE DIVERSITY

In this edition of WorshipSongsOnline, our bloggers speak to the subject of musical and cultural diversity.  At no other time in church history has there been so much variety in our worship vocabulary.  From lofty anthems to the latest contemporary worship music, from intimate a cappella soundscapes to sacred songs accompanied by soaring orchestrations, there…

Travel Bucket List

Jeff Reeves: My 3 bucket list destinations are: Amsterdam Brussels Berlin Why: Culturally progressive; celebrates diversity   Joseph Martin: The Grand Canyon because I’ve never been. Alaska, but I’m going for my 60th birthday! Mackinac Island   Stacey Nordmeyer: Alaska The Grand Canyon Niagra Falls   Pamela Stewart: My three bucket list destinations: Greece: for…

Communicating with your Millennial

Starting with this edition, WorshipSongsOnline is pleased to partner with guest bloggers to expand our conversation and present new ideas on sacred music and ministry.  In that spirit, we welcome Paul Thompson of House of EI Music. Do you ever find yourself in a group of millennials and not know what anyone is talking about?…

ONE GENERATION TO ANOTHER

Several years ago I wrote an article that speaks to our theme of “From One Generation to Another.” It was a stroll down memory lane that I think reminds us of the value of sharing our faith in each stage of life. My life has been blessed to have had musical and spiritual mentors who…