By Jerry Rich
I look forward to several experiences this month that should help me become a better church musician. In early March, I’ll attend a church music workshop given by the hymn festival expert Michael Burkhardt; it will focus on: 1) dance elements and vocal gestures in congregational song; 2) engaging children in worship through hymns; and 3) hymn-based improvisation for organ. On Sunday, March 13, I’ll conduct my high school choir for a morning service at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles; the 28 students from Potomac School will sing anthems spanning four centuries as well as assist with the service music in this active worship community. Later on that day, we’ll give a choral concert in the nearby 1771 Franciscan mission church of San Gabriel Arcángel. My personal highlight in March will be Trinity UMC’s Holy Week services, which will allow our musicians to contribute to the moving services of Palm Sunday (March 20), Maundy Thursday (March 24), Good Friday (March 25) and Easter Sunday (March 27). You can read more about these services on here.