A Mystery, the Holiday Care and Feeding of Church Musician’s

Chris Titko is a musician par excellence whether he is accompanying, directing, or editing the latest choral releases for the world’s largest music distributor. This classically trained church musician brings an impressive skill set to his daily enterprise that uniquely qualifies him for service to the modern church. An industry insider, he knows how to…

What is the best holiday dish and worst holiday dish?

 For this issue, we asked out composers to tell us their favorite and least favorite holiday dishes. ROBERT STERLING: Best: my older sister’s homemade pies. Worst: fruitcake   TERRY YORK: Best holiday dish is oyster dressing. Worst holiday dish is mincemeat pie.   MOLLY IJAMES: Best: Corn casserole Worst: Either fruitcake or boiled vegetables  …

LAYING FOUNDATIONS by Daniel Gawthrop

My wife and I have always been avid readers and listeners. When we met, mumblety mumblety years ago, that meant books printed on paper and music recorded on LPs. We used to joke that our marriage simply formalized the merger of two of the world’s great libraries. Moving days were particularly dreaded in our home…

“GO TO” Anthems.

For this edition of WorshipSongsOnline, we asked our composers to tell us their “go to” anthems.     JEFF REEVES Make a Joyful Noise (Jeff Reeves) Love One Another (Roger Thornhill/Brad Nix) Dem Bones (Audrey Snyder)   PATTI DRENNAN My Eternal King by Jane Marshall What Grace is Mine by Kristen Getty The Lord is…

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,…