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Easter Thanks (Steeple 2014.05)

28 Apr 2014 | Comments Off on Easter Thanks (Steeple 2014.05)

I thank everyone who participated in the music program the past month. We sang some very challenging music to round out the Lenten season and everyone was up to the task. I always feel blessed to have such a willing group of singers, ready to work hard on whatever musical style is needed for each […]

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Bach B Minor Workshop, Coming Soon! (Steeple 2014.04)

25 Mar 2014 | Comments Off on Bach B Minor Workshop, Coming Soon! (Steeple 2014.04)

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in life, it’s that most people interested in music. Upon learning that I am a choir director and classical music enthusiast, most people indicate that they a) also sing; b) used to sing; or c) wish they could carry a tune, but still love to listen. For five wonderful […]

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The Missing Alleluia (Steeple 2014.03)

20 Feb 2014 | Comments Off on The Missing Alleluia (Steeple 2014.03)

Did you ever notice that our service music (those little bits we sing that aren’t hymns, and aren’t anthems) changes during the year? Ever wonder why? Well, one particular musical slot, the Call to Prayer, is completely at the whim of the choir director. Sometimes it might coincide with the season or a particular phrase […]

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Black History Month (Steeple 2014.02)

26 Jan 2014 | Comments Off on Black History Month (Steeple 2014.02)

For a few weeks in February, we will sing anthems that honor Black History Month. Most notable will be the singing of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” on February 16, the weekend in which we celebrate Presidents’ Day. This song was first written in 1899 by school principal James Weldon Johnson, and presented as a […]

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An Anthem Changing Over Time (Steeple 2014.01)

16 Dec 2013 | Comments Off on An Anthem Changing Over Time (Steeple 2014.01)

Editor Note: After release of the Steeple, the choice of anthem was changed for Epiphany. What is it about the right piece of music that can bring back so many memories? Just a few notes can often stir recollections, whether it be a song on the radio, a beloved symphony, or even a church anthem or […]

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An Advent Reflection

03 Dec 2013 | Comments Off on An Advent Reflection

This piece was presented in worship as a statement of faith on the First Sunday of Advent. Listening… Watching… Waiting… Themes which permeate the weeks of Advent. Themes which a choir director like me studies and hones his whole career. Everyone in my profession dreads the casual conversation starter or occasional blog post that ponders “What […]

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Harry Simeone Day Coming Soon (Steeple 2013.12)

23 Nov 2013 | Comments Off on Harry Simeone Day Coming Soon (Steeple 2013.12)

As we embark on the most exciting time of the year for church musicians, there are a few special things to let you know about. This fall, the choir has been working on a Christmas cantata book entitled “Sing We Now of Christmas” by Harry Simeone, and featured on the Harry Simeone Chorale’s album “The […]

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Invitation to Stewardship Singing (Steeple 2013.11)

26 Oct 2013 | Comments Off on Invitation to Stewardship Singing (Steeple 2013.11)

Throughout Stewardship month, we will witness proof that when we strive toward a common goal. anything is possible. On November 10, our sopranos and altos will sing a simple song, “One Voice” which leads us from one to two to three voices, and finally to “the sound of all of us”. The following week, our […]

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15 Anthems and a Cantata (Steeple 2013.09)

28 Aug 2013 | Comments Off on 15 Anthems and a Cantata (Steeple 2013.09)

Debbie and I have finalized the fall choral music schedule, and what a season it is turning out to be! We’ve got a great core of singers and I’m hoping to see them all in the usual chairs very soon. But could this be the year you try out or possibly return to singing? This […]

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