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…

CONTEMPORARY QUALITY

I have been a Director of Music for multiple different clergy and countless different leaders of the church councils. My leadership has always been in main line, traditional, Protestant churches. At some point in a senior pastors tenure or a council leaders time, they decide that we must have a “contemporary” worship service. I always…

The Gift of “Hallelujah”

I don’t mean “Lent and Easter are finally over, Hallelujah!” Although I admit that I often feel this way when Easter is finally behind me. In fact, I was just having this conversation yesterday—Easter Monday—about what goes in to making Easter music all that it can be. But now, how do we keep this all…

Sacred Music for the Concert Hall

Handel’s Messiah. There have been few aesthetically stimulating gifts to humankind that have been appreciated more than Handel’s great oratorio Messiah. Generations past, present, and future have found and will continue to find what is often unparalleled musical and spiritual stimulation in this truly monumental work. Its creative evolution certainly was derived from a source…