D.S. al Coda

Formal music notation is full of many wonderful terms and symbols.  In short, they help us navigate the musical score, giving specific instruction to the singer or instrumentalist.  Many of the terms we use come from the Italian...

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Technically Speaking

Over the last year and a half, the audio and visual needs of most churches—not just in worship, but in almost every area of church life—increased exponentially.  For many of them, especially smaller congregations, there was a...

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Why Do We Sing?

It has been said that “the one who sings prays twice.” The power of music to touch our spirits is undeniable—both in joy and in sorrow. Often, when we cannot find the right words to say, a hummed melody or a familiar hymn can...

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Sweet Expressions

During the month of May, Providence will celebrate her own birthday on May 16 (Anniversary Sunday) and the Church’s birthday on May 23 (Pentecost Sunday). These special occasions Mark time for us as the people of God – both then and...

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Moments for Music

The ways in which we make music have certainly changed this past year. We cannot simply gather in a room to sing our favorite hymn, and even our best efforts to make music together (safely) can be difficult. However, music remains a much-needed...

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Production of Worship

Over the past year, we have been forced to think about worship in new ways. The things that we once considered necessary for proper adoration and edification have simply been impossible to do as a separated congregation … well, at least it...

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New Dimensions of Sound

With each new year, I normally take time to highlight the many wonderful ensembles and programs within the Music Ministry.  In doing so, I also acknowledge, with gratitude, all the music offered during the Advent and Christmas season.  The key...

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A More Profound Alleluia

I cannot begin to adequately express the loss I continue to feel regarding our ensembles and music making. Our separation during the pandemic, while necessary, has been very difficult on us all. Oh, how I long for the sound of a choir …...

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An Unexpected Advent

So many of our normal activities and traditions have been interrupted or canceled due to the global pandemic.  It’s easy to only think about the things that we’ve missed, and in doing so, our lament can feel deep and unending.  As we approach the...

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In Your Hearts

In my article last month, I quoted from Ephesians 5: “… but be filled with the Spirit, as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks to God the Father...

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Singing in the Spirit

In his letter to the church at Ephesus, the apostle Paul wants to encourage the people he loves, even though he cannot be with them. His words are full of encouragement and warning. I’ve often wondered how the church reacted when they heard his...

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