Sing To the Lord An Old Song

For this issue of WorshipSongsOnline, we asked our composers to tell us about their favorite “old timey” hymn. PEPPER CHOPLIN I like “Wonderful Grace of Jesus”. It is so hearty and strong – a great celebration. It was written during the time that John Phillip Sousa was active. During the chorus, the men sing what…

KEITH CHRISTOPHER

Keith Christopher has been creating beautiful music for sanctuaries and classrooms for more than three decades.  His choral canon includes a great diversity of styles and subjects. From festive anthems to tender songs of of worship and devotion, his music is always characterized by superb craftsmanship.  He is a leading orchestrator and producer and is…

Creation’s Cathedral

Julie Myers is a thoughtful composer/lyricist whose work is presented with a number of today’s leading choral writers. Her texts are fresh perspectives on timeless truths and have inspired many wonderful anthems.  In this WorshipSongsOnline guest blog she provides ideas for creative presentations of one of her latest efforts.   A Devotional Liturgy based on…

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….

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….

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…

“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…

Cultivating Respect and Celebrating Diversity by Icy Monroe

It’s 8:30 in the morning. It’s also cloudy and humid. My home smells of residual poop because I just spent the night before trying to fix a stopped up toilet (toddlers have a lovely way of using too much toilet paper). As I sit here next to my son, watching a movie called Ferdinand, I…

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?…