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Christmas Carols: Why They Are Our Favorite

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“O Come, All Ye Faithful.” “Joy to the World”. “What Child is This?” “Once in Royal David’s City.” “Silent Night.” And the list goes on. Have you ever wondered why we feel such an emotional connection to Christmas carols compared...

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December and Christmas Music

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Believe it or not, we are approaching the season of Advent, and the St. Bart’s Music Ministry is eagerly starting to prepare all of the beautiful music programming that will be part of the season. First, the Greater San Diego Music Coterie will present a Messiah Sing-Along on December 1...

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The Crucifixion: A Choral Masterwork for Lent

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On April 7, at 4 p.m., the St. Bart’s Music Ministry will present a large-scale dramatic work, The Crucifixion, by British composer John Stainer (1840-1901). In collaboration with the Parish Choir, the String Ensemble will accompany the work, with added musicians from our parish and the...

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Weaving Black History Month and Spirituals

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February’s monthly Choral Evensong service will focus on the musical tradition of African-American Spirituals, and the liturgical elements will reflect an emphasis on celebrating the heritage of Black history and its importance in our society. February is Black History Month in the United...

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ReGeneration: Try it On

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‘Contemporary Worship’ is a loaded term, as it implies that our normal methods for worship are backward, old-fashioned, and ‘Traditional’. That may be true to an extent, as we use familiar liturgical elements such as creeds, readings, and prayers, but so much of our...

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A Festival of Carols: A Celebration of our Music Ministry

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When I was in “design mode” for my first year of Director of Music, I knew I wanted to establish a framework for events to further amplify our Sunday liturgies, to reach a broader community and offer ‘against-the-grain’ ideas that perhaps wouldn’t work in a...

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How do we Appreciate Music in Church?

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When we hear our favorite hymns, songs, anthems, motets, postludes, and other musical offerings in church, we are often so moved with emotion that we instinctively want to show our appreciation—through our hearts, voices, and bodies. Often this will manifest in a resounding...

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