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Back to Basics: Leading Assembly Song

Posted on Oct 29, 2018 4:29:29 PM by Chad Fothergill in Assembly Song, in assembly

Throughout the late summer and early fall, I had opportunity to review several recordings of worship services at which I served as an assembly song leader from the keyboard. Many of these recordings were made during the 2018 Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival at Valparaiso University; in other instances, I reviewed livestream recordings from congregations where I had served as a substitute. Hearing these was an excruciating, yet enlightening experience: seemingly catastrophic moments—a sloppy phrase lift here, a wrong pedal note there—were barely noticeable while, on the other hand, what I thought had been suitable tempi and registrations seemed to inappropriately drag, rush, screech, or mumble.

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Ten Tips for Introducing New Music

Posted on Mar 3, 2015 1:17:19 PM by Augsburg Fortress in assembly, in Assembly Song, in choir, in Choral Techniques and Repertoire, in ELW, in festival settings, in new music

There are churches in all denominations in this country where congregations do sing well, and it is always because there is at least one person who is actively expecting it.
—Alice Parker, Melodious Accord

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Plan to Plan

Posted on Apr 1, 2013 7:54:56 AM by Kevin Barger in administrative, in assembly, in ensembles, in musicians, in pastors, in Planning, in planning

With Easter but a week away, it seems somewhat odd that I would be working on writing this blog about planning. But then again, this is precisely the time that I had planned to write this blog. So to everything, there is a time and a place.

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