Day 3 started before the sessions with a performance by two wonderful choirs, one of African heritage and one male choir. When the male choir sang Siyahamba some of the African choir started dancing with them which was amazing.
David Haas had two session and the first was actually a practical session looking at fine tuning aspects of music liturgy – choirs, instrumentalists, cantors and composers.
The next session I attended from two sisters, Leesa Horrigan and Anita Plant who gave us the benefit of years of practical parish work with suggestions to enhance local liturgies.
Paul Mason then looked at the use of technology for church musicians with Ipads and apps like ForScore to use ebooks to organise music on the screen rather than paper. I got the impression it is still a way off being an answer as yet.
The last session was David Haas based on his book “That You Might Have Life: 12 Spiritual Practices to Nurture Your Call to Holiness.”
There was a moving closing ceremony then I started for home walking east along Scarborough Beach Rd to the local church for mass. Unfortunately, it showed all the problems that needed to be addressed by the substance of the conference.
I may look more closely a specific issues about the conference once my head stops spinning.
I’m still looking at songs from Marty Haugen‘s folio all Are Welcome.
This is his setting of Psalm 63 – obviously ideal for morning prayers.. The verses have the same chord progression but very different melodies so a cantor is essential. The refrain has a gorgeous tune for the assembly with a descant if needed.
GIA sell the sheet music along with other songs suitable for “An Alternative Morning Prayer Setting.” The text of the verses is here – scroll down to Psam 63 (62). The words to the verse you can pick up from the version below.
Another song in the All Are Welcome folio is Haugen’s setting of a text by Jaroslav J. Vayda.
Of the six verses 1,2,4 &6 share a tune while 3&5 are a different “bridge” tune. The sheet music is loaded with percussion, harmonies, countermelodies and suggestions for male/female/children/choir/SATB/SA verses.
I’m not at all sure where this would fit in a liturgy – a song of praise perhaps as recessional or gathering.
The interesting text is here. The sheet music can be purchased at GIA.
The more usual setting is a very different beast indeed. It is called ROEDER by Carl Shalk.
I've worked my way through the As One Voice books and other collections making backings on Band in a Box to help me (& you if you're interested) learn new songs for church. This is aimed at churches and musicians that own the collections but haven't exploited them fully. If you don't have them they are certainly worth buying. This site is educational, nonprofit and designed to enhance the commercial prospects of songwriters. This site does not distribute copyrighted sheet music.
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As One Voice: The Next Generation
This book is hugely recommended and I suggest you go to the AOV site and buy a copy.
Mason’s “Mass of Glory and Praise”
To access my backings for Paul Mason's mass go to Feb 2011 in the archive.