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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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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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