Thursday, July 9, 2015

NPM: Raising a Glorious Sound to Our God

Thursday morning greetings from Grand Rapids, Michigan and day four of the NPM convention. As usual, it has been quite a whirlwind of activity for all of us from WLP who are here to serve the clergy and musicians who have gathered.

On Tuesday morning, I was privileged to be a part of a panel discussion among music publishers that was live-streamed by the good folks at Pray Tell; the discussion was moderated by friend and colleague Fr. Anthony Ruff. You can find it here.

On Tuesday evening, WLP sponsored the Notre Dame Folks Choir, under the direction of Steve Warner and the sparkling accompaniment work of Karen Kirner. The event was held at the beautiful and resonant cathedral of Saint Andrew here in Grand Rapids. It was, in a word, thrilling. The folk choir itself sang with such energy and beauty. For most pieces, the assembly of nearly a thousand musicians joined in and a great and joyful noise was raised to our God. Just glorious!

WLP is in a new collaboration with Children's Choir Clinician Christine Jordanoff. Here she is at work with those gathered to learn from her.

Her new book and DVD with us is When We Sing:Simple Techniques for Conducting Children's Choirs.

One of the great benefits of attending an NPM convention is the opportunity to make music with so many other musicians. This afternoon at 2:00, WLP will present our choral music showcase. I am so looking forward to sharing our music with those gathered here.

Tomorrow morning, it's a very early train back to Chicago,so this will be my last post until early next week. I will definitely be sharing more of the experience with you.

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.

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