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The Continued Relevance of a Musician's Handbook During a Pandemic

Posted on Jun 9, 2020 9:00:00 AM by Chad Fothergill in Music Ministry, in COVID-19, in Coronavirus

Editor’s note: We asked Chad Fothergill, author of the recent Worship Matters handbook Sing with All the People of God, to write about how the book might still be useful given recent guidance surrounding group singing. This is what he wrote. This post also appears on the Prelude Music Planner Blog.

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Solos and Duets for Pentecost and June

Posted on May 15, 2020 12:12:31 PM by Augsburg Fortress in Music Ministry, in COVID-19, in Coronavirus

This is a challenging time to work in church music. Choir plans have been scuttled as a result of public health guidelines and we are working with new methods of connecting with one another. Many are streaming music from home as part of online worship services. To assist with this, Augsburg Fortress is extending through July 31, 2020, its temporary permission for worshiping communities to include Augsburg Fortress administered liturgical text and liturgical music copyrights in a livestream or podcast. Read more about this in our landing page.

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Zooming with My Youth Choirs, Part Three

Posted on Apr 22, 2020 9:00:00 AM by Ann Schrooten in Music Ministry, in COVID-19, in Coronavirus, in Social distancing

Our worship video for Easter Sunday included a sound track of our youth choirs singing Mark Patterson’s “Alleluia, Christ is Risen!” Even in the midst of a global pandemic without regular rehearsals, we offered our gift of song, and the bonus was that we had silent video footage of the children singing it from our last Zoom rehearsal! Thanks to some previous experience using Audacity to create recordings for Honor Choir auditions, I knew that I could create one recording featuring our current singers. Parents received a practice recording from me shortly after we began virtual rehearsals. In the week leading up to Easter, I invited my young friends to send an MP3 recording of themselves singing along with me. It required about a day and a half of mixing, editing, and syncing, but it turned out amazingly well. It was a special gift of hope for our congregation to hear the children and youth sing, and also to witness how staying connected virtually these past several weeks prepared them to accomplish it.

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Zooming with My Youth Choirs, Part Two

Posted on Apr 14, 2020 9:00:00 AM by Ann Schrooten in Music Ministry, in COVID-19, in Coronavirus, in Social distancing

We’ve made it through Holy Week, the fourth week that we’ve all been sheltering at home here in Minnesota. I’ve had four Zoom rehearsals with my youth choirs and am learning a lot about the benefits and challenges of using the Zoom platform with my singers.

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