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Glory, Hallelujah! A Black History Month Choral Sampler (Sing Amen! The Podcast: episode 15)

February is Black History Month, so it seemed appropriate to devote a podcast to some of the wonderful and Spirit-filled offerings from our African-American brothers and sisters in faith, and the amazing heritage of spirituals and Gospel music they continue to keep...

Muchos Miembros Hay–Ministry in a Multicultural Parish (Sing Amen! The Podcast: Episode 14)

Welcome back, and happy new year! We took a little break in January to get caught up and moving again, but we are back and have a great lineup of podcasts set for 2019, so if you are not subscribed yet, please do subscribe to us at Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or...

Why is singing so scary?

Within the next few days, a new book will be going to press: Diana Kodner Gökçe, author of Handbook for Cantors, Third Edition and a good friend and colleague of many years, has written a short book called Why We Sing: A Musical Guide for Catholics, aimed at helping...

Christmas with the Cathedral Singers (Sing Amen! The Podcast: Special Christmas episode)

Merry Christmas! If you have found your way here in some part of the calm after the Christmas storm, welcome. I hope your celebrations of the Nativity were full of beauty and prayer and lovely music--and that you got a nice long nap after. 🙂 This playlist is a...

A Christmas Playlist (Sing Amen! The Podcast, episode 12)

So! It’s almost Christmas, the calendar year is drawing to a close, and musicians everywhere are deep into the work of the season! First, as this year ends, a huge thanks to those who have followed this blog and podcast through our first six months. Despite a bit of a...

Children’s Choirs, Part 3: Youth Cantor Formation

Where does the next generation of cantors and music ministers come from, if not from the youngest singers now? An important part of a strong youth music program is keeping your children growing and challenged and eager to keep learning. It can be challenging for...

God Comes Tomorrow: Music for Advent and Christmas (Sing Amen! the Podcast, episode 11)

I’ve mentioned before that one of my favorite things here at GIA is going through the back catalog and wandering the not-right-off-the-presses areas of the warehouse, because there are so many treasures there—sometimes we get caught up in the allure of whatever is...

Children’s Choirs: How much can you really accomplish in 1 rehearsal? (Part II: Layered Learning)

In our post two weeks ago, we looked at how a short seven minute (or so) warm-up process can, very quickly, prepare a children's choir for successful learning--so if you missed that one, please go check it out, because it sets up for success in the rest of rehearsal....

Of Soulful Saints and Saintly Souls: a Choral Sampler (Sing Amen! the Podcast, episode 10)

(**UPDATE** This episode was completed and recorded before the tragic events at Tree of Life Synagogue on Saturday. Thus what brief narration and commentary I give on the episode does not address the tragedy of eleven people who lost their lives nor the countless...

Children’s Choirs: So much unfocused energy, so little time… (Part 1: the Warm-up)

Maybe you see the children's choir once a week, on a weekday after school. Maybe you are wrangling kids from two programs--the parish school kids next door have homework/break time for a while after school until the public school kids get out and can join them. Or...

Newest Posts

Glory, Hallelujah! A Black History Month Choral Sampler (Sing Amen! The Podcast: episode 15)

February is Black History Month, so it seemed appropriate to devote a podcast to some of the wonderful and Spirit-filled offerings from our African-American brothers and sisters in faith, and the amazing heritage of spirituals and Gospel music they continue to keep...

Muchos Miembros Hay–Ministry in a Multicultural Parish (Sing Amen! The Podcast: Episode 14)

Welcome back, and happy new year! We took a little break in January to get caught up and moving again, but we are back and have a great lineup of podcasts set for 2019, so if you are not subscribed yet, please do subscribe to us at Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or...

Why is singing so scary?

Within the next few days, a new book will be going to press: Diana Kodner Gökçe, author of Handbook for Cantors, Third Edition and a good friend and colleague of many years, has written a short book called Why We Sing: A Musical Guide for Catholics, aimed at helping...

Christmas with the Cathedral Singers (Sing Amen! The Podcast: Special Christmas episode)

Merry Christmas! If you have found your way here in some part of the calm after the Christmas storm, welcome. I hope your celebrations of the Nativity were full of beauty and prayer and lovely music--and that you got a nice long nap after. 🙂 This playlist is a...

A Christmas Playlist (Sing Amen! The Podcast, episode 12)

So! It’s almost Christmas, the calendar year is drawing to a close, and musicians everywhere are deep into the work of the season! First, as this year ends, a huge thanks to those who have followed this blog and podcast through our first six months. Despite a bit of a...

Children’s Choirs, Part 3: Youth Cantor Formation

Where does the next generation of cantors and music ministers come from, if not from the youngest singers now? An important part of a strong youth music program is keeping your children growing and challenged and eager to keep learning. It can be challenging for...

God Comes Tomorrow: Music for Advent and Christmas (Sing Amen! the Podcast, episode 11)

I’ve mentioned before that one of my favorite things here at GIA is going through the back catalog and wandering the not-right-off-the-presses areas of the warehouse, because there are so many treasures there—sometimes we get caught up in the allure of whatever is...

Children’s Choirs: How much can you really accomplish in 1 rehearsal? (Part II: Layered Learning)

In our post two weeks ago, we looked at how a short seven minute (or so) warm-up process can, very quickly, prepare a children's choir for successful learning--so if you missed that one, please go check it out, because it sets up for success in the rest of rehearsal....

Of Soulful Saints and Saintly Souls: a Choral Sampler (Sing Amen! the Podcast, episode 10)

(**UPDATE** This episode was completed and recorded before the tragic events at Tree of Life Synagogue on Saturday. Thus what brief narration and commentary I give on the episode does not address the tragedy of eleven people who lost their lives nor the countless...

Children’s Choirs: So much unfocused energy, so little time… (Part 1: the Warm-up)

Maybe you see the children's choir once a week, on a weekday after school. Maybe you are wrangling kids from two programs--the parish school kids next door have homework/break time for a while after school until the public school kids get out and can join them. Or...

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Within the next few days, a new book will be going to press: Diana Kodner Gökçe, author of Handbook for Cantors, Third Edition and a good friend and colleague of many years, has written a short book called Why We Sing: A Musical Guide for Catholics, aimed at helping...

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