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My name is Jennifer Kerr Breedlove-Budziak, and I am a conductor, composer, liturgical musician, singer, and I currently serve as Editor for Music Formation Resources at GIA Publications.
My mission here at GIA is to help develop materials to help music ministers grow as musicians and ministers. Part of that involves editing books and other more concrete in-print materials, but Sing Amen! will also be a big part of what I do. Along with the blog, we will be launching a podcast about once every two weeks (subscribe to Sing Amen!—The Podcast at iTunes, or find it here on the blog). We will also occasionally put up videos in which some of our best clinicians offer their wisdom and thoughts and techniques for some of the various areas of pastoral music ministry.
Finally, a big part of this project will be reaching out to you, the ministers yourselves—connecting with real people, and getting them connected with one another, sharing wisdom, finding out where we feel lost and where we feel solid, discovering places we can reach out to each other. So come in and join us, and let the people sing Amen!
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We’re back! Sing Amen took a little hiatus after Christmas, but here at last is our first podcast of the new year. As most people know by now, World Library Publications has officially joined GIA as a new division of the company, and the past couple of months have...read more
A Merry Christmas to everyone! If I did this right, this podcast dropped at right about midnight on Christmas Eve, and we hope you enjoy this gift of an hour or so of lovely Christmas choral music to let sing and play through your holy day! A word of welcome to our...read more
This episode is simply a lovely sampler of music, in various styles, to help us all move deeper into a spirit of gratitude and grace--peace to you all, and from all of us at GIA Publications, prayers and blessings for a beautiful Thanksgiving week! (Eat well, and get...read more
Today we have a conversation with choral conductor Michael Kemp, who has written several books including The Choral Challenge, Innovative Warm-ups for the Volunteer Choir, Rejuvenating Senior Voices (this book helps choir directors help our singers to deal with the...read more
Today we have a special podcast episode to celebrate the month of the Most Holy Rosary, which is October. Father Liam Lawton has produced a new recording entitled "The Rosary: The Mysteries of Life," (CD-1075) which will be released by GIA in the very near future....read more
In a binder on a bookshelf in my basement, I have about a three-inch-thick stack of psalms, Gospel verses, and new plainsong settings from my years singing with the Choir of the National Shrine under Leo Nestor. On any given Sunday, he would dash off these one-off...read more
This past summer, GIA welcomed our new Editor for Spanish and Bilingual Resources, Mr. Peter Kolar. Today’s podcast is a conversation with him about his life and work and his reflections on his experiences of music ministry within bilingual and multicultural...read more
The Mysteries of Life
By: Liam Lawton
Handbook for Cantors
By: Diana Kodner Gokce
The Organist's Craft
Compiled By: Jennifer Kerr Budziak
Why Do We Sing?
A Musical Guide for Catholics
By: Diana Kodner Gökce
Body Mapping for Music Ministers
By: Bridget Jankowski
As Nighttime Falls
By: Ian Callanan
One in Love and Peace
By: Bob Moore
Of Womb and Tomb
Edited by: Kate Williams
Why Do We Sing?
By: Diana Kodner Gokce
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