Workshops and hymn festivals
My events are for church leaders, congregation members, choristers, and anyone who is curious about the power of music in our midst. I customize each workshop and hymn festival to the local community; these are just a few of the workshops I've given:
Global Music in Worship
When we sing the songs of the world, we are just as likely to be singing music familiar to people close by, people with roots and family in Somalia or Chile, Havana or Hong Kong. Singing their songs as well as our own is a constant reminder to welcome others. It is a way of practicing hospitality. This workshop introduces material from both "standard" collections and new collections of global song. Rather than promoting world music as an either/or replacement for strophic, "traditional" hymns, this workshop suggests a both/and approach, integrating worship music of many styles into a nourishing whole.
The Pulse of Worship
Leaving out the rhythm instruments in much Aboriginal, African, Asian or South American music is like leaving out the melody of a hymn. Rhythm is - or can be - not just time-keeping, but an expression of emotion. In the same way that a dancing melody can charge words with life and meaning, a well-placed cymbal roll can lift a congregation's song and set it soaring. Learn the do's and don'ts in using percussion as part of worship. This workshop explores some Christian Contemporary Music (CCM) and global music as well as traditional hymns.
Sing Praises with a Psalm
The psalms are rich source of renewal, both personal and communal. Their rich emotional, theological, and dramatic range takes on deeper meaning when we sing them. Singing, chanting, moving, playing and working with psalms is the focus of this workshop.
And a Child Shall Sing the Lead: Singing with Children
Children love to learn new things, and usually do it much more quickly than adults. Paul Westermeyer writes that every age group "deserves to be treated well, and stretched beyond [their] likes and dislikes." In this workshop, learn how children can be leaders of your congregation's song.
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