congregational singing

Ep. 5: Bringing a Researcher’s Mindset to Music Ministry, with Carrie Allen Tipton, and the 4 Sundays of Advent

Try This At Church: If your church serves alcohol at functions (like a Christmas choir party!), make sure there’s something non-alcoholic that’s equally festive to drink.

In the Field: The Four Weeks of Advent—have recurring themes! Crawford and I discuss what hymns fit which each Sunday’s themes, including one that delighted my son in utero.

InterviewDr. Carrie Allen Tipton is a musicologist who hosts the podcast Notes on Bach, sponsored by the Bach Society HoustonNotes on Bach is a monthly series of interviews with scholars and musicians who work with Baroque music and issues around music like theology. Today, we discuss the benefits of bringing a researcher’s mindset to the ministry of church music.

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Posted by Sarah Bereza in Church Music Administration, Congregational Singing, History of Church Music, Music and Theology, Podcast

Ep. 3: The History of Contemporary Worship with Swee Hong Lim and Lester Ruth

Interview: Dr. Swee Hong Lim and Dr. Lester Ruth discuss their new book Lovin’ on Jesus: A Concise History of Contemporary Worship.

It’s an exploration of the origins of contemporary worship—including contemporary worship music. In our conversation, we discuss the implications their research has on church music today: What should traditional church consider if they want to add a contemporary service and will it attract young people? Can blended worship services have integrity? And how do different theologies of worship shape church services?

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Posted by Sarah Bereza in Contemporary Worship, History of Church Music, Music and Theology, Podcast

Ep. 2: Planning Service Music and Recitals as an Organist-Choir Director, with Yun Kyong Kim

 

Interview: Dr. Yun Kyong Kim, organist and choir director at Christ Episcopal Church in Dayton, Ohio, discusses her approach to directing a choir while also playing the organ, planning her repertoire and hymnody, and crafting organ recitals to make the most of an instrument’s unique sound and acoustic space.

Check out Yun’s website, where you can listen to her play and see the albums she’s released, including her recent Wild Card.

In the Field: Crawford and I discuss our approaches to planning hymns, choir anthems (especially for a volunteer choir), and instrumental music.

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Posted by Sarah Bereza in Choral Music, Church Music Administration, Congregational Singing, Instrumental Music, Podcast

A Moment: Being the Church Through Music, with Jonathan Dueck

In this Music and the Church Moment, Dr. Jonathan Dueck discusses the relationship of congregational music-making with being the Church together. For the rest of our conversation with Jonathan, check out Episode 1.

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Posted by Sarah Bereza in Contemporary Worship, Music and Theology, Podcast