Last week, I had the good fortune of attending the national convention of the American Guild of Organists in Houston, Texas. It was an inspiring week, brimming with organ recitals, choral concerts, church services, and lectures. Several publishers and music distributors displayed anthems, hymnals, organ music, and all kinds of other sacred music in the exhibit hall. Several of the country’s most prominent organ builders were visible throughout the week. Michael Barone, the voice of the syndicated National Public Radio program, “Pipedreams” was present to listen to great music and brilliant performers – and to receive expressions of gratitude from the many organists who are his avid listeners throughout the year. Likewise, Peter Dubois, host of “With Heart and Voice” (aired here at 10 p.m. on Sundays), attended the convention, and many of us took the opportunity to shake his hand and to thank him for promoting the music of the church. It was an exciting week of music and fellowship, and I am thrilled that I was able to attend.
Just a reminder that Summer Chancel Choir begins this Sunday. If you require some extra coaching, come to the choir room at 10:20 for a head start on the anthem. Summer Choir is a perfect opportunity for those who sing well, but are too busy to commit to weeknight rehearsals during the regular season.
The hymn below, written by Fred Pratt Green, is very meaningful to musicians – and after a week at the Houston convention, the text feels particularly significant:
When in our music God is glorified,
and adoration leaves no room for pride,
it is as though the whole creation cried
How often, making music, we have found
a new dimension in the world of sound,
as worship moved us to a more profound
So has the Church, in liturgy and song,
in faith and love, through centuries of wrong,
borne witness to the truth in every tongue,
And did not Jesus sing a psalm that night
when utmost evil strove against the Light?
Then let us sing, for whom he won the fight,
Let every instrument be tuned for praise!
Let all rejoice who have a voice to raise!
And may God give us faith to sing always
Words: Fred Pratt Green
Words © 1972 by Hope Publishing Co., Carol Stream, IL 60188.
All rights reserved. Used by permission.