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Free Downloads? You Bet! — Maximizing Your Prelude Membership

Posted on Oct 19, 2016 5:03:53 PM by Jennifer Baker-Trinity in Assembly Song, in Hymnody, in Instruments and Ensembles, in Music Ministry, in Planning

It’s Wednesday at 5 p.m., two hours before choir rehearsal. You’ve just found out that an excellent soprano will be joining the choir for the following Sunday. Descants, something not often possible with a limited choir, would be a wonderful enhancement to the day’s hymnody, and with Prelude Music Planner, you have access to rich, soaring descants from Vocal Descants for the Church Year. Your Prelude membership to the rescue! Simply search by hymn name or tune in the title/theme/keywords search area, and filter “hymn/song” and “descant.” You can view and download the descants you need without using any of your Prelude points! Two possibilities for Christ the King are “Beautiful Savior” (ELW 838) and “Jesus Shall Reign” (ELW 434).

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Singing in Summer

Posted on May 26, 2016 9:28:42 AM by Jennifer Baker-Trinity in Instruments and Ensembles, in Music Ministry, in Planning

In one practical way, the call of a church musician resembles that of a teacher. Summers mean a little less activity, or at the very least, a different pace to your work. It would not be fair to say that church musicians have summers “off”—plenty of important work gets accomplished during the summer, especially looking ahead to the next year. Yet in many congregations, choirs and other ensembles do not keep a regular rehearsal schedule during the summer.

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I Got Circles of Rhythm

Posted on Mar 9, 2015 9:58:55 AM by Augsburg Fortress in Choral Techniques and Repertoire, in Instruments and Ensembles, in Potpourri

From Ted-Ed and contributor and educator John Varney:

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Still Waiting For Inspiration? Several Seasonal Suggestions

Posted on Dec 9, 2013 10:05:17 AM by Jane Knappe in advent, in Choral Techniques and Repertoire, in christmas, in epiphany, in Instruments and Ensembles, in Planning

Many of our Prelude users plan their musical offerings well in advance, but there are many still waiting for inspiration to strike. We polled some of our editors and other folks about their favorite pieces to play in the seasons of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany. May you gain some inspiration from these suggestions!

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In the Bleak Midwinter: arr. Mark Shepperd

Posted on Nov 15, 2013 11:57:49 AM by Augsburg Fortress in chamber orchestra, in Choral Techniques and Repertoire, in christmas, in Instruments and Ensembles, in oboe, in Planning

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Interview with David Cherwien

Posted on Oct 16, 2013 2:56:51 PM by Augsburg Fortress in Assembly Song, in changing role of choir, in Choral Techniques and Repertoire, in Instruments and Ensembles, in organ, in Paul Manz, in Planning

This week, Jane Knappe, Augsburg Fortress Event Coordinator interviews David Cherwien, Cantor at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, MN, and music director for the National Lutheran Choir.

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Psalm Meditations for Piano: composer John Carter

Posted on Oct 4, 2013 12:13:38 PM by Augsburg Fortress in Instruments and Ensembles, in John Carter, in Mary Kay Beall, in piano, in Planning, in psalms

We hope you enjoy this Prelude visit with composer John Carter as he discusses his new collection of original piano works which include textual meditations written by his wife, Mary Kay Beall. Download printable sheet music at Prelude Music Planner or order print copies at Augsburg Fortress.

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Summer Clinic Leader Interviews, part 1: Jeffrey Brillhart

Posted on Aug 16, 2013 1:46:58 PM by Augsburg Fortress in Assembly Song, in Choral Techniques and Repertoire, in choral warmups, in Instruments and Ensembles, in new hymnal, in Potpourri, in summer clinic, in teaching organ, in work balance

This is Part One of a two-part series featuring interviews with Jeffrey Brillhart and Zebulon Highben, summer clinicians for the Augsburg Fortress 2013 Music Clinics. This week, enjoy some of Jeffrey Brillhart's thoughts on questions we posed.

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The Concert Band in Church

Posted on Dec 31, 2012 10:33:41 AM by Jeff Doebler in concert band, in descants, in hymn arrangements, in Instruments and Ensembles, in leading

Part Two: Hymns

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The Concert Band in Church

Posted on Dec 24, 2012 7:00:55 AM by Jeff Doebler in concert band, in Instruments and Ensembles, in repertoire

Part One: Literature

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