Cosmic convergence

First full choir rehearsal at Fourth on my own.  Things went well, except… Sunday’s Anthem:  "How Can I Keep from Singing?" Quaker hymn made famous by Enya. Today’s News from Florida:  Choir refuses to stop singing and must be removed by authorities.  The pastor of a Charlotte Harbor church had 16 church members booted from … Continue reading Cosmic convergence

First @ Fourth

I tend not to be nervous on Sunday mornings.  I figure what’s going to happen will happen.  Wendesday evenings are another matter, as I worry about getting everything ready.  Even with this being my first Sunday as choir director at Fourth Presbyterian, I wasn’t too nervous.  Excited, yes, but not nervous.  This, despite nightmares this … Continue reading First @ Fourth

Big Shoes

Last night I officially met the Fourth Presbyterian choir and had my first rehearsal with them. I don’t start until October 9, but the Wednesday before that is supposed to be a celebration of the tenure of Dr. Kyser, and it would have been awkward for me to follow that with a rehearsal. Continue reading Big Shoes

Picking up the baton

Monday night there was a call waiting for me from Fourth Presbyterian in Greenville.  My good friend and colleague, Dr. Ramon Kyser, is retiring, and I was asked about taking the interim Minster of Music position.  The call did not surprise me – I’ve worked closely with Dr. Kyser over the years, as well as … Continue reading Picking up the baton

Spy Music

Spy MusicAfter watching the Fantastic Four and drawing the inevitable comparisons with The Incredibles, I got to thinking about the really cool soundtrack for the Incredibles. It seemed the perfect addition to my “cool music” collection, so I set off in search of a copy. It took some doing, but I did finally found a copy. Continue reading Spy Music

What the Audience Never Hears

This weekend the Greenville Chorale and the Greenville Symphony Orchestra performed Mendelssohn’s Elijah as part of the Artisphere Festival.  It was a moving, impressive performance, and garnered a rave review from Ann Hicks in the Greenville News.  The only real problem was with turn-out — the Peace Center looked empty.  Not that the concert was … Continue reading What the Audience Never Hears