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Peter Hilliard

Peter Hilliard holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory and NYU, and he is Music Director of Villanova University’s Graduate Theatre Program. He is also Minister of Music at Berachah Church in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania and music director of Philadelphia’s Savoy Company, the oldest company in the world dedicated to performing Gilbert and Sullivan.

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Encouragement from Bach

Posted on Dec 3, 2018 5:11:38 PM by Peter Hilliard in work balance

"So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up." – Galatians 6:9 (NRSV)

For many musicians, especially church musicians, a chasm opens between the training and the practice of their art. Professional training involves deep study of great music literature, the refinement of musical taste, and the attainment of a high playing standard. “This is what playing to the glory of God is really all about,” we think as we enter the real world. But in that real world, church musicians encounter harsh realities. The ideal sound we were hoping for is nearly unattainable. The hard work we put into our playing passes unnoticed. Our diligence assembling meaningful worship falls on undiscerning ears. And, at times, there are those who stand opposed to our goals.

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