Let the Song Go On

If you were to ask any music minister to list their top five concerns in running a successful choral program, certainly the departmental budget would be somewhere near the top of the list. We have all, at one time or another, felt the pressure of running a music program on a shoestring budget. Unfortunately, after…

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…

THROUGH THE VALLEY

When disaster strikes, whether in the form of nature, violence, war, or other tragedy, the church becomes a place of refuge and solace. While many of us attended services in our own churches after 9/11, television stations aired a service from the National Cathedral for the nation-at-large and those around the world. Humans need ways…

Songs Heard Around the World

Music has touched my spirit deeply, yet differently, during the various seasons of my life. I grew up as most… first listening to the music my parents would enjoy. As I aged, my tastes expanded and I developed my own soundtrack for my life. Recently I have grown to appreciate the full magnitude of how…

CHILDREN SING!

One of the great joys of music ministry is nurturing the spiritual and musical gifts of children. To help them develop these gifts, directors and teachers need exceptional, age-appropriate resources that provide the foundation for learning and success. With a new choir year upon us, be sure to check out these outstanding new choral anthems…

I SECOND THAT DEVOTION!

As a director, I’m very protective of the ninety-minute rehearsal period I have with my choir each Wednesday evening. There is always so much to accomplish, and so little time to prepare it all. Consequently, in an effort to save rehearsal time, I often omit something vitally important: the devotional. Does this describe you as…

You Might Be a Music Minister If…..

I travel to churches of differing denominations frequently, and I’m hosted by some of the best people around! In each church, the music leadership have various titles: music director, worship arts pastor, choir director, worship minister, etc. From time to time, I even still hear people refer to “the music guy” as “the song leader.”…

“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…

DAVID SCHWOEBEL, COMPOSER SPOTLIGHT

David Schwoebel is one of those composers who is truly respected and appreciated by his peers. In a creative arena where egos and agendas proliferate, David approaches his craft with integrity and a spirit of service. He is a friend to all, and his gift of encouragement is legendary. His music is at times sweeping…

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,…