Are You a Minister or a Musician?

Are You a Minister or a Musician?

Many years ago, I interviewed for a position as Minister of Music with a church in a college town. It seemed like a good fit for my gifts and I could imagine myself having a long and productive ministry there. There was a point in the process when my wife and I were...
Hold Your Applause and Show Your Appreciation

Hold Your Applause and Show Your Appreciation

On Easter Sunday at Wilshire our Sanctuary Choir sang two great choruses from Handel’s Messiah, “Worthy is the Lamb” paired with “Hallelujah.”  In conversation with our worship planning team we had placed these selections after the...
Healthy Adult Choirs (Still) Matter

Healthy Adult Choirs (Still) Matter

Adult choirs still matter and these faithful singers when at their best contribute to the health of the church.  A healthy adult choir both reflects and contributes to church health. What does it mean to have a healthy adult choir and what can ministers of music...
Singing Is Praying Twice

Singing Is Praying Twice

On the book shelf in my office is a gift from a church member and former adult choir member, Frances.  The ceramic plaque reads, “Singing is praying twice.”  It’s an adaptation of a quotation usually attributed to St. Augustine, “One who sings prays twice.” What does...
Learning as a Spiritual Practice

Learning as a Spiritual Practice

What do you do when you are challenged or when you bump up against your own competencies and comfort zone? In January, I had an opportunity to participate in a workshop in New York City. The title of the workshop was “Orchestral Conducting for the Choral Conductor.”...