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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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One of the great gifts to the singing Church in more recent years has been the wonderful outpouring of new hymn texts by our modern poet-theologians--people like Delores Dufner, Mary Louise Bringle, Herman Steumpfle, Sylvia Dunstan...and over the past decade or so,...read more
In the first part of this piece (found here), we talked about the mission and vision at the core of our work with children preparing to receive their First Communion: we are there to form disciples. As a part of that vision, it is crucial that we begin to look beyond...read more
When I look back over the past few decades, it feels as though I have spent a huge portion of my life as a professional musician dealing with tension, pain, stiff shoulders, tendinitis, and all kinds of bodily aches. Most of my colleagues would say the same, I expect....read more
Okay, it's been a while since our last podcast! It's good to be back. Part of the learning curve for me with this site has been realizing when the crunch times come, so I can be ready for them…I'm just coming out of one of those crunch times, because in Publisher...read more
When my daughter was born in early May about 14 years ago, I remember a brief moment of feeling a little luxurious that I suddenly, for the first time in decades, found myself not at church on that first Saturday in May. (It was a very small feeling of luxury; on that...read more
(I have posted this every year on Facebook for probably a decade, and I figured, this year I have a blog! So what better place? We all need a little levity, this week of all weeks...) The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: Tell the whole community of...read more
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Body Mapping for Music Ministers
By: Bridget Jankowski
Handbook for Cantors
By: Diana Kodner Gokce
The Cantor's Art
Compiled By: Jennifer Kerr Budziak
Show by Your Life
By: Lori True
Cry Out with Joy
By: Multiple Contributors
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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