Day 3 APMN Conference

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.

 

The next one is probably in Melbourne in 2 years.

 

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Music for the Twenty-second Week of Ordinary Time Year A 14th/15th October 2017

I’m still recovering from the the red eye flight from Perth last night, so I’ll get to more on the APMN conference soon.

This week acknowledges social justice week in our parish.

Entrance: A Place at the Table (Shirley Erena Murray – Lori True) AOV NG 1

Psalm 22 (McKenna)

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I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.

Gifts: The Cry of the Poor (Foley) AOV 1/83

Communion: Shepherd Me O God (Haugen) AOV 1/33

Gather Your People (Hurd) AOV 1/71

Thanksgiving: The Summons (Maule-Bell) AOV NG 149

Recessional: Table of Plenty (Schutte) AOV 2/20

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APMN Conference day 2

It is harder than I remembered to type on my old ipad.

Last night we were treated to a wonderful concert of a wide variety of musical styles. There was much singing along and I sung myself hoarse.

This mornings highlight was Prof Clare Johnson taking on the subject of music as liturgical glue with much fun and some science to add to the theology.

I attended a session with David Haas that was billed as Music and the Mass: Step by step, but while that was addressed was a lovely informal discussion that ranged widely.

The other session I attended today was a spirit filled meditative session from Gina Ogilvie and Jen Charadia on music and diversity.

I am just back from a joyful mass presided over by the local Bishop and filled with wonderful music.

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Day 1 APMN conference

Things kicked off with song, prayer and symbol on the beach, reached by a labyrinth through construction.

The first session was David Haas with a little music and a lot of reflection on the purpose of music liturgy – an invitation to participate in the life of Christ.

There were break out sessions and I was fortunate to attend Keiran Chrichton’s nuanced talk on the difficulties of an Australian musical voice.

Chris deSilva shared his compositions in the other session I attended.

The last session of day one was a moving singing session with David Haas ending with an emotional version of “You Are Mine”.

 

I am off to the big sing now but this conference has already been a great blessing.

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APMN conference

I have arrived in Perth for the APMN conference that begins in the morning. It should be great and I hope to blog highlights depending on my fat fingered typing on my old ipad and the wifi holding up.

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Music for the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time Year A 7th/8th October 2017

Entrance: We Are Called (Haas) AOV 2/60

Psalm: McKenna

Gifts: Christ Be Beside Me (Quinn) tune BUNESSAN

Communion: Bread Broken Wine Shared (Horner) AOV 2/155

To Be Your Bread (Haas) AOV 1/65

Thanksgiving: Blest Be the Lord (Schutte) AOV 1/179

Recessional: Christ Be Our Light (Farrell) AOV 2/3

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Come ,O Come Let Us Sing (Venite)

This is Haugen’s setting of the Venite in the Morning prayers based on Psalm 95.

The sheet music can be purchased at GIA.  I can find lots of versions of the text but none that exactly matches Haugen’s – you can listen to the words below.

 

My backing probably is a bit too rhythmic, although he does suggest “strong, walking tempo”.

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In the Morning I Will Sing

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.

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God of the Sparrow

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.

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The more usual setting is a very different beast indeed. It is called ROEDER by Carl Shalk.

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Pues Si Vivimos / If We Are Living

This is Haugen’s arrangement of a traditional Mexican song. His sheet music features an English translation by Deborah Schmitz.

 

The sheet music is at GIA, where the text is in their preview. The Spanish text is here.

I fear I let BIAB run amok with this backing.

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