A vibrant music ministry is essential to a growing church, contributing to effective, transforming worship; and drawing the community together. Bishop Sutton wishes for all congregations to have such a ministry, and the Diocese now supports congregations by providing a music consultant with may years experience developing and running parish music programs. This can be especially useful for small- and medium-sized parishes.
The Missioner for Parish Music is available to assist rectors, vestries, parish musicians and music committees in:
- Hiring a new musician
- Assessing the parish’s current music resources
- Developing new resources
- Finding repertoire appropriate to the parish
- Working with choirs and instrumental musicians to strengthen their leadership
- Developing programming to encourage growth and community outreach
The Diocesan Musicians’ Retreat takes place at the Claggett Conference Center each September. Join musicians around the diocese for this annual time of inspiration, relaxation, renewing friendships, and meeting new colleagues. In addition to learning from outstanding workshop leaders, there will be time to browse and sing new music, and time to worship together.
The Royal School of Church Music in America
RSCM America is part of an international, ecumenical organization dedicated to promoting effective and inspiring music-making in worship and in the wider community.
Association of Anglican Musicians
The Association seeks to encourage, through the fellowship of the Association, the sharing of ideas and skills among members, and to endeavor to disseminate the results of this sharing throughout our dioceses, to keep healthy and vibrant our strong musical tradition.
In the category Music: Professional Resources are found many publications to assist in liturgical music planning, and to provide inspiration to those working in music ministries of many shapes and sizes.
St. James Music Press
An excellent resource of anthems for choirs of all sizes and voices.
Music and Vital Congregations: A Practical Guide for Clergy, by William Bradley Roberts (Church Publishing, 2009). Congregations that are alive and vibrant have vital music programs. How did they get that way? This book includes sensible and practical steps to develop such a program.
All copyrighted music that is printed, projected, or reproduced in any way must be covered by a licensing agreement with your parish. Here are the most often used liturgical music licensers.
Contact the Missioner for Parish Music
Ms. Cynthia DeDakis, firstname.lastname@example.org