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Show By Your Life: A Conversation with Lori True (Sing Amen! The Podcast: Episode 18)

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...

First Communion Liturgies, Part I: Mission and Vision

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...

Tell the Whole Community of Music Ministers…

(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...

Night Prayer (Sing Amen! the Podcast: Episode 17)

Holy Week is upon us. I figured that at this precise moment in our musical lives no one listening here is looking particularly for new repertoire or deep thoughts or formational development—we are looking to get through the week with beauty and prayerfulness, we are...

What’s in Your “Go-Bag”?

Some musicians get to happily stay in one place pretty much all the time, and your home parish is your main place of work. But sometimes you may get asked to play or sing a wedding or funeral somewhere else, down the block or across town. What do you bring? This...

Of Womb and Tomb: a conversation with Kate Williams (Sing Amen! the Podcast: episode 16)

Today we have a conversation with Kate Williams, who compiled and edited the beautiful new resource Of Womb and Tomb: Prayer in time of Infertility, Miscarriage, and Stillbirth (G-9816).  The resource is made up of a book, a CD, and a music collection, and I’m pretty...

Joseph Flummerfelt: Gifts from a Master Teacher

I only got to work with Joe Flummerfelt once, for one incredible 45-minute segment of one rehearsal on one ordinary day. He was visiting my teacher, who had been a student of his, at  Northwestern University, and Dr. Nally had asked him to conduct a rehearsal of...

The Mass is Ended, Let’s Sing a Hymn

An interesting question came up last week on the Facebook “NPM Family” group (a lot of interesting questions come up on there—it’s a good place to be!). There was a lot of really thoughtful discussion on the topic, and it’s clear that it’s a topic many of us have...

Hot off the presses: Why Do We Sing?

It's always a good day when the new publication comes off press and someone hands you a copy of that project you've been working on, and it's done and complete and existing in real life. That's today. Victoria just came over and handed me my first copy of Why Do We...

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...

Newest Posts

Show By Your Life: A Conversation with Lori True (Sing Amen! The Podcast: Episode 18)

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...

The Left Menu

One other piece of the whole thing you should begin to get used to is the menu bar on the left. The most important thing you'll need over there, aside from the Media tab I showed you in the Featured Image post, is the "posts" item (with the thumbtack). If you click on...

Setting a Featured Image

Part of the way we have this site laid out sort of demands a "featured image" for each post--a sort of header thing for every blog entry that in some way relates to what it's about. Since we're dealing in publication here, the copyright of the image does begin to...

Creating a Post on WordPress

It's pretty easy and fairly intuitive, actually, once you get past all the VAST amounts of data they feel compelled to plop all over your page, and figure out what to show and where the stuff you need is. I made a little video of the process if you're that kind of...

First Communion Liturgies, Part I: Mission and Vision

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...

Tell the Whole Community of Music Ministers…

(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...

Night Prayer (Sing Amen! the Podcast: Episode 17)

Holy Week is upon us. I figured that at this precise moment in our musical lives no one listening here is looking particularly for new repertoire or deep thoughts or formational development—we are looking to get through the week with beauty and prayerfulness, we are...

What’s in Your “Go-Bag”?

Some musicians get to happily stay in one place pretty much all the time, and your home parish is your main place of work. But sometimes you may get asked to play or sing a wedding or funeral somewhere else, down the block or across town. What do you bring? This...

Of Womb and Tomb: a conversation with Kate Williams (Sing Amen! the Podcast: episode 16)

Today we have a conversation with Kate Williams, who compiled and edited the beautiful new resource Of Womb and Tomb: Prayer in time of Infertility, Miscarriage, and Stillbirth (G-9816).  The resource is made up of a book, a CD, and a music collection, and I’m pretty...

Joseph Flummerfelt: Gifts from a Master Teacher

I only got to work with Joe Flummerfelt once, for one incredible 45-minute segment of one rehearsal on one ordinary day. He was visiting my teacher, who had been a student of his, at  Northwestern University, and Dr. Nally had asked him to conduct a rehearsal of...

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Sing Amen! The Podcast, Episode 7: How to Love Wedding Music Ministry (Interview with Mary Prete)

Sing Amen! The Podcast, Episode 7: How to Love Wedding Music Ministry (Interview with Mary Prete)

Complaining about weddings is probably the single favorite pastime of church musicians when they get together. (Okay, even as I read what I just typed, I have to acknowledge that many of my friends and colleagues have a much longer list of things and people we all...

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

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...

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