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5 Dumb Things Directors Say to Choirs

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kim Cooney Oct 14, 2012. 4 Replies

 

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What Has Happened to Good Church Music?

Posted on June 12, 2009 at 8:30am 5 Comments

Does today's church "sell out" by dumbing down the quality of music in worship? Sadly, I see pastors giving in to an entertainment church model just trying to keep members attending and attempting to attract "young" people to join. Being totally out of touch with the millennial mindset, this is a strategy that is attempting those who want substance, not fluff.



This style of music is called many things such as, "7-11 Music" (7 words 11 times), "Holy Karoke", "Happy Clappy", "Jump for… Continue

Working through people

Posted on October 2, 2008 at 10:21am 0 Comments

Impacting people’s lives and moving toward a strong vision is what the Transformational Leader endorses totally. Maintaining the unswerving commitment to the vision and encouraging others is one of the key driving forces toward success. Music directors especially recognize that they are in the business of transforming people and their productivity. The other transformation that takes place is the key: transforming people’s lives through their participation in programs and… Continue

Becoming a Transformational Leader

Posted on August 8, 2008 at 10:36pm 0 Comments

Transform means change. How does the leader inspire, enable and empower others to bring change into an organization? By encouraging, sharing, coaching, trusting, modeling, valuing, reinforcing and many others. Being a Transformational Leader is similar in many ways to being a Charismatic Leader. The major difference is the focus of the Transformational Leader on working through people and not through one’s own power.



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Building a Musical Ensemble As Transformation

Posted on August 7, 2008 at 6:00am 0 Comments

Conductors understand transformation experientially. The very nature of our work is that of transformation.



A group of singers shows up for rehearsal. They come to sing – each with a different perspective and possibly a different level of talent. The skilled choral conductor listens, instructs, motivates, encourages, and affirms the changes that are necessary to mold this unrelated group of singers into a unified sound. The product is called an ensemble. We strive for that unity as… Continue

Church Music Director as Transformational Leader

Posted on August 6, 2008 at 1:10pm 0 Comments

Being or becoming a church musician is a very different identity and skill set than a musician doing church music. There really is a tremendous difference! The church musician, the conductor of the choir, the music leader for worship must be focused on and dedicated to leading people in a strong spiritual journey through liturgy and worship participation. It is a unique and very special duty and delight! The conductor is, in fact, a spiritual leader, a transformational leader empowered by… Continue

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At 6:24pm on July 11, 2013, Peacing It Together said…

Thank you for including me. I look forward to sharing information about my work. Stay tuned to my blog.

At 9:07pm on March 27, 2012, Christopher Stewart said…

Na visotah Tummo

hey Hugh !

just a quick thanks for mentioning the bookcast in the recent newsletter...

wishing you joy & inspiration ! :o)

blessings,

Chris

At 11:27am on August 11, 2010, Christopher Stewart said…
Thanks for mentioning the Uncertainty Principle in the newsletter Hugh ! :o)

Hope you're having inspired times and loads of musical activities !

Best wishes,
Chris
At 5:21pm on September 8, 2009, Janet Lanier said…
Thanks for the information about this site Hugh. It looks like a very active community. I'm looking forward to exploring the pages.

Blessings,
Janet
At 11:01pm on May 25, 2009, Christopher Stewart said…

Hi ! Just want to thank you for highlighting my blog post in your latest broadcast email... very much appreciated !

Best wishes,
Chris

At 4:16pm on February 27, 2009, Robin Kissinger said…
Hi Hugh,
Well, I made it here.
Blessings and Happy Trails,
Robin
At 6:05pm on November 9, 2008, Paulo Faustini - Umbrian Serenades said…
Thank you for contacting us at Umbrian Serenades, Hugh! I'd be happy to add a link to this website from our website if you'd like!

Regards,
Paulo Faustini
At 11:21am on October 6, 2008, Ken Carter said…
Hugh,
I'll try to call you this week. Haven't gotten a reply re our Jerusalem project.
Ken Carter (866) 462-4659
At 9:48am on August 6, 2008, Emma Davis said…
Hugh,
Please feel free to share my info with others.
Emma
At 8:51am on August 6, 2008, Emma Davis said…
Hugh,

Thank you for the welcome and comments on the music that I posted! I love the Lord and I am glad to be a part of His family and this group. You asked me to let you know what I like. I took advantage of the site's My Theme optional settings and made My Page my own with color and attractive design. I have been a student of music for years and I have enjoyed the mini master classes posted by Doug Lawrence this week. I am interested in learning more that will help me to grow as a singer. My main goal is to joyfully proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a way that is worthy of such an excellent message.

Yours,
Emma
 
 
 

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