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Monday, December 5, 2011

A long time gone!

Far too long gone from blogging!

My excuse (such as it is) is taking on a big church job beginning in late August: Interim Choirmaster at Church of the Incarnation (http://www.incarnation.org/). This large, Episcopal Church is a vital and interesting place. Choral music, traditional Anglican liturgy, traditional Anglican music are all important parts of the life of this church (if you peruse the website, you'll see there is also a very active contemporary worship/music component of Incarnation). This means that the choir sings for two services Sunday morning and we also do Evensong (1662 Book of Common Prayer) almost every Sunday during the academic year. Anglican chant (Coverdale Psalter) is also an important part of the 11:15 and Evensong services.

This has certainly meant a busy schedule for me this fall in addition to my UNT schedule. I go in for staff meetings Tuesday mornings, choir rehearsals Wednesday evenings, and Sunday is an all-day affair. Since I also have to do some administrative coordination for newly re-constituted or new children's choirs, youth choir, and handbell choir, as well as the Music Series, there's always something that needs doing.

We did the Durufle Requiem for All Soul's as part of the music series, in the version for small orchestra (strings, harp, 3 trumpets and timpani) and organ, which was a lovely experience.

Traditional Lessons and Carols (following the King's College model) are the next two Sundays (Dec. 11 and 18 at 5 PM, with a pre-service organ recital by Gerre Hancock, for many years organist/choirmaster at St. Thomas in New York. If you're in Dallas, do come, it'll be wonderful.

Christmas Eve is also full of services: noon, 2, 5, and 10:30, with the choir at 5 and 10:30, children's, youth, and handbell choirs at the earlier services.

I'll attempt to get back to a more regular schedule of blogging, although it's likely to go up and down as my commitments do!

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