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How to introduce new assembly music?

(Another entry during this month when a lot of us are looking at the Year of Grace to come, and thinking about what we will be putting in front of our assemblies to sing...as always, I'd love to hear from folks in the comments, let me know how you approach this...

Sing Amen! The Podcast, Episode 4: Dr. James Jordan, On Trust, Honesty, and Breathing in Front of Other People

As promised, this episode of our podcast features a conversation with conductor, teacher, and author Dr. James Jordan--He is basically one of the giants in choral music and education right now, a professor at Westminster Choir College and conductor of the critically...

Getting ahead on music planning

Here’s a topic that comes up periodically on various forums: How do you deal with music planning for the liturgical year? Last summer, in the GIA Quarterly (29.2), Christian Cosas wrote a great article about his process for music planning at his parish, called...

Sing Amen!: The Podcast, Episode 3: A Sacred Choral Sampler from Evoking Sound Choral Series

Greetings, everyone! With the NPM conference behind us and the various publisher reading sessions still to come, I’m guessing a lot of listeners are in the process right now of choosing new music for their choirs over the coming year. And I’m here today to just...

NPM, day 3: of commitment, kenosis, and time

I came to NPM thinking, "NPM is so full of wonderful things--I will probably write a post every day!" Instead I find myself both ridiculously busy and so overwhelmed by the various things going through my head that I neither know what to say nor how to say it. Because...

SingAmen! The Podcast: Episode 2—Diana Kodner Gökçe, on Cantoring, Children’s voices, and the Fourth Wall

For more than thirty years now, Diana Kodner Gökçe’s Handbook for Cantors has been “the” book on the ministry of the cantor, used for countless workshops and classes around the country, and by many of the ministers who lead the sung prayer of the community every week....

SingAmen! The Podcast: Episode 1—J. Michael Joncas, on Composing

For this first full-length SingAmen! podcast episode, we are featuring a recording of a wonderful conversation I had with Fr. Michael Joncas I had last April. When I listen back to it now I think, “Wow, Jenn, you sound like a complete fan-girl,” which isn’t too off-base; this is Michael Joncas, after all…

Where do we get what we need?

As I mentioned in my first post, the main goal of this blog will be to help our various circles of church musicians find what we need to help continue growing in our ministries.  I’m hoping this can be a place where the organist who has suddenly been put in charge of...

SingAmen! The Podcast is here!

Today we are launching the “trailer” for the SingAmen! Podcast, with a few hints of what’s to come! The podcast expects to publish a new episode every couple of weeks or so, more or less alternating between interview/instruction type episodes and ones that are more...

Passing the Flame

Greetings, all, and welcome to Sing Amen!—Ministering through Music! My name is Jennifer Kerr Breedlove-Budziak. I am a conductor, composer, liturgical musician, and singer, and I currently serve as Editor for Music Formation Resources at GIA Publications. My mission...

Newest Posts

How to introduce new assembly music?

(Another entry during this month when a lot of us are looking at the Year of Grace to come, and thinking about what we will be putting in front of our assemblies to sing...as always, I'd love to hear from folks in the comments, let me know how you approach this...

Sing Amen! The Podcast, Episode 4: Dr. James Jordan, On Trust, Honesty, and Breathing in Front of Other People

As promised, this episode of our podcast features a conversation with conductor, teacher, and author Dr. James Jordan--He is basically one of the giants in choral music and education right now, a professor at Westminster Choir College and conductor of the critically...

Getting ahead on music planning

Here’s a topic that comes up periodically on various forums: How do you deal with music planning for the liturgical year? Last summer, in the GIA Quarterly (29.2), Christian Cosas wrote a great article about his process for music planning at his parish, called...

Sing Amen!: The Podcast, Episode 3: A Sacred Choral Sampler from Evoking Sound Choral Series

Greetings, everyone! With the NPM conference behind us and the various publisher reading sessions still to come, I’m guessing a lot of listeners are in the process right now of choosing new music for their choirs over the coming year. And I’m here today to just...

NPM, day 3: of commitment, kenosis, and time

I came to NPM thinking, "NPM is so full of wonderful things--I will probably write a post every day!" Instead I find myself both ridiculously busy and so overwhelmed by the various things going through my head that I neither know what to say nor how to say it. Because...

SingAmen! The Podcast: Episode 2—Diana Kodner Gökçe, on Cantoring, Children’s voices, and the Fourth Wall

For more than thirty years now, Diana Kodner Gökçe’s Handbook for Cantors has been “the” book on the ministry of the cantor, used for countless workshops and classes around the country, and by many of the ministers who lead the sung prayer of the community every week....

SingAmen! The Podcast: Episode 1—J. Michael Joncas, on Composing

For this first full-length SingAmen! podcast episode, we are featuring a recording of a wonderful conversation I had with Fr. Michael Joncas I had last April. When I listen back to it now I think, “Wow, Jenn, you sound like a complete fan-girl,” which isn’t too off-base; this is Michael Joncas, after all…

Where do we get what we need?

As I mentioned in my first post, the main goal of this blog will be to help our various circles of church musicians find what we need to help continue growing in our ministries.  I’m hoping this can be a place where the organist who has suddenly been put in charge of...

SingAmen! The Podcast is here!

Today we are launching the “trailer” for the SingAmen! Podcast, with a few hints of what’s to come! The podcast expects to publish a new episode every couple of weeks or so, more or less alternating between interview/instruction type episodes and ones that are more...

Passing the Flame

Greetings, all, and welcome to Sing Amen!—Ministering through Music! My name is Jennifer Kerr Breedlove-Budziak. I am a conductor, composer, liturgical musician, and singer, and I currently serve as Editor for Music Formation Resources at GIA Publications. My mission...

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I came to NPM thinking, "NPM is so full of wonderful things--I will probably write a post every day!" Instead I find myself both ridiculously busy and so overwhelmed by the various things going through my head that I neither know what to say nor how to say it. Because...

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