I'm looking forward to my first Calvin Symposium on Worship, January 28-30. You can see what I'm doing below; visit http://worship.calvin.edu/symposium/ for more information. If you have any suggestions of songs for my Friday workshop, please see my last post and leave a comment.
10:15-3:30, Retreat: A New Song, A Skillful Song Sandra McCracken and Adam Tice, moderated by Greg Scheer
of us who feel Psalm 33's call to write new songs must remember that
the Psalm also tells us to play skillfully. In this seminar we will
focus on the skills of songwriting for congregations, digging into what
it means to balance inspiration and perspiration. Join
critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter Sandra McCracken and
widely-published hymn writer Adam Tice as they speak with Greg Scheer
about their approaches to creating new texts, new tunes, and the
combining of texts and tunes. The afternoon will be spent discussing
participants' song submissions. Attendees of all levels and musical
styles will benefit from this seminar.
4:15, Vespers (one of several options; repeated on Friday)
A Service of Scripture and Song
Michael Burkhardt, the Choral Scholars, and Zebulon Highben, featuring texts by Adam Tice
Friday and Saturday
1:15, workshop B23: Sing the Peaceful Kingdom
and explore new congregational song resources based on passages from
Isaiah. Song leaders and worship planners will sample from a wide variety of
styles and resources representing the best in recent contemporary song,
hymnody, and world music. The presenter will also present and discuss a
few of his own pieces, offering insight into one writer's engagement
with Isaiah's poetry and prose.