PipeChat Digest #4670 - Wednesday, August 4, 2004
 
Re: Qualified ELCA Organists
  by <Swedish5702@aol.com>
Re: premise for discussion
  by "Tom Jones" <tomj@netpath.net>
LBW dreadful reharmonizations
  by "Charlie Lester" <crl@137.com>
Re: Qualified ELCA Organists
  by <Keys4bach@aol.com>
Re: premise for discussion
  by <Keys4bach@aol.com>
Re: LBW dreadful reharmonizations
  by <Keys4bach@aol.com>
Re: premise for discussion
  by "Tom Jones" <tomj@netpath.net>
Re: Qualified ELCA Organists
  by "Randolph Runyon" <runyonr@muohio.edu>
RE: repertoire for the CHURCH organist
  by "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk>
Re: LBW dreadful reharmonizations
  by "Mike" <organist@clover.net>
Re: Anglican Chant
  by "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk>
Re: premise for discussion
  by "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk>
Re: Qualified ELCA Organists
  by "Alan Freed" <acfreed0904@earthlink.net>
Re: Qualified ELCA Organists
  by "Octaaf" <octaaf@charter.net>
Re: Qualified ELCA Organists
  by "Mike" <organist@clover.net>
Re: Qualified ELCA Organists
  by "Alan Freed" <acfreed0904@earthlink.net>
Re: Qualified ELCA Organists
  by "F. Richard Burt" <effarbee@verizon.net>
Real versus Digital!
  by "Bob Conway" <conwayb@sympatico.ca>
Re: Qualified ELCA Organists
  by "Randolph Runyon" <runyonr@muohio.edu>
Re: denominations
  by "Noel Stoutenburg" <mjolnir@ticnet.com>
Re: Real versus Digital!
  by "Jim McFarland" <mcfarland6@juno.com>
Re: Real versus Digital!
  by "Mattcinnj" <mattcinnj@yahoo.com>
RE: Real versus Digital!
  by "TheShieling" <TheShieling@xtra.co.nz>
Worship Conference
  by "Benjamin A Kolodziej" <bkolodzi@smu.edu>
 

(back) Subject: Re: Qualified ELCA Organists From: <Swedish5702@aol.com> Date: Wed, 4 Aug 2004 15:05:56 EDT   Being a traveling FM radio executive I try and make it to a service every =   Sunday. One thing I have noticed in a great many Lutheran churches is the = lack of top notch players.   Don't get me wrong, there are many excellent organists and choir = directors leading the worship service. It has just been in local non mainline cities = that I have experienced this.   The priority seems to be to have an assistant pastor first and whatever monies remain go for the organist/choir director.   Do any of the organ performance schools provide for internships that = would afford these local ELCA congregations to receive the absolute best for say = a semester or two or even once a month?   It would provide two important elements...the desire for a young person = to look to organ/choir director as a career and provide the congregation with =   quality music even if for a short period of time.   I have also noticed many churches having a digital organ over a pipe = organ as the reason the piano turned organist just sounds better on an = electronic instrument versus the absolute know how of a person who seeks a life = playing the true King Of Instruments.   There used to be a saying in The Diapason, IF IT DOESN'T HAVE PIPES, IT ISN'T AN ORGAN!   Your thoughts on the above.   Regards,   Craig Johnson    
(back) Subject: Re: premise for discussion From: "Tom Jones" <tomj@netpath.net> Date: Wed, 4 Aug 2004 15:07:41 -0400   My preference is both cases would be mitreing because it would retain the full length, thus creating as little variation in tone as possible from the adjacent octave. My second choice for the Diapason would be to Haskellize. Haskell base= s can work very well, and are unusually clear. I don't like grooving at all. I've never heard of a Haskellized reed, but if it works, it works. Based on my experience, my second choice for the reed would be half-length. The 1990 3/38 Casavant I designed has the bottom octave of the 16' R=E9cit reed half-length, and it's perfectly acceptable.   Regards, Tom Jones   Re  
(back) Subject: LBW dreadful reharmonizations From: "Charlie Lester" <crl@137.com> Date: Wed, 04 Aug 2004 12:12:32 -0700   I agree with this 100% !! Most of the hymn "makeovers" in the LBW, and for that matter, in the LCMS Hymnal as well, are just awful. I keep copies of other denominational hymnals at hand and nearly always play from them.   ~ C      
(back) Subject: Re: Qualified ELCA Organists From: <Keys4bach@aol.com> Date: Wed, 4 Aug 2004 15:13:21 EDT   In a message dated 8/4/2004 3:09:48 PM Eastern Standard Time, Swedish5702@aol.com writes:   > just sounds better on an electronic instrument versus the absolute know = how > of a person who seeks a life playing the true King Of Instruments. > > There used to be a saying in The Diapason, IF IT DOESN'T HAVE PIPES, IT > ISN'T AN ORGAN! >   i really hope we do not open Digi versus real again.   The problem is that churches no longer pay.....period. Worship is no longer Worship but rather tickling the ears entertainment du =   jour. i can happy clappy if i have to. dont want to . my digi 3 manual is so much fun, i would die to go back to 2 manuals 13 ranks.   how dreadful and boring that would be........<G>   dale in Florida  
(back) Subject: Re: premise for discussion From: <Keys4bach@aol.com> Date: Wed, 4 Aug 2004 15:16:16 EDT   In a message dated 8/4/2004 3:13:21 PM Eastern Standard Time,=20 tomj@netpath.net writes:   > 16' R=E9cit > reed half-length, and it's perfectly acceptable. >=20 >=20   never heard a half length that is as good as a real one........kinda like=20 digi vr......   running and hiding.   dale in florida  
(back) Subject: Re: LBW dreadful reharmonizations From: <Keys4bach@aol.com> Date: Wed, 4 Aug 2004 15:17:23 EDT   In a message dated 8/4/2004 3:16:31 PM Eastern Standard Time, crl@137.com writes:   > hymnals at hand and nearly always play from them. > >   as do i BUT i try and just reharmonize them myself..........good practice that way.   words are not always too good either.   dale in florida  
(back) Subject: Re: premise for discussion From: "Tom Jones" <tomj@netpath.net> Date: Wed, 4 Aug 2004 15:29:12 -0400   Right. It's definitely not "as good as a real one," it's merely = "perfectly acceptable."   Tom   ----- Original Message -----=20 From: Keys4bach@aol.com=20 To: pipechat@pipechat.org=20 Sent: 04 August, 2004 15:16 Subject: Re: premise for discussion     In a message dated 8/4/2004 3:13:21 PM Eastern Standard Time, = tomj@netpath.net writes:     16' R=E9cit reed half-length, and it's perfectly acceptable.         never heard a half length that is as good as a real one........kinda = like digi vr......   running and hiding.   dale in florida
(back) Subject: Re: Qualified ELCA Organists From: "Randolph Runyon" <runyonr@muohio.edu> Date: Wed, 04 Aug 2004 15:33:23 -0400   on 8/4/04 3:13 PM, Keys4bach@aol.com at Keys4bach@aol.com wrote:     Worship is no longer Worship but rather tickling the ears entertainment du jour.   dale in Florida   Alas, yes! At our last Worship and Music Committee meeting (I guess we should change the name to the Entertainment and Music Committee) someone proposed that we hire a Dixieland band to have a Dixieland service on some future Sunday as some church did that someone had visited. I asked, "What for? For our own entertainment?" That dampened their enthusiasm = somewhat. What they say they really want is to get new people to come. So I said, = "So are these new people going to be disappointed when they come the second Sunday and there is no Dixieland music?" It's sad that the so-called Worship and Music Committee has no concept of worship. We have a pretty good liturgically-observant church otherwise, doing either setting 1 or 2 from the Lutheran Book of Worship every Sunday. Some people are just = intent on screwing it up. What I'd like to say but of course cannot is that if they want more people to come to church they might consider firing our incompetent idiot of a pastor and hiring one who actually has something to say from the pulpit. But I despair of that, for there probably aren't any graduating from seminary any more who actually do have anything to say. What's worse, a new pastor would probably try to convert us to = happy-crappy. There is no hope for the future.   Randy Runyon Music Director Zion Lutheran Church Hamilton, Ohio runyonr@muohio.edu      
(back) Subject: RE: repertoire for the CHURCH organist From: "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk> Date: Wed, 4 Aug 2004 12:48:29 -0700 (PDT)   Hello,   Sorry about my loathing for Howell's music!   I once famously suggested that "Howells was the polite Anglican response to the atheistic harmonic ramblings of Frederic Delius!"   Actually, you found the very word I was struggling for.....agony!   ;-)   Regards,   Colin Mitchell UK     --- Mark & Cinda Towne <mstowne@concentric.net> wrote:   > > I did not find that to be the case with his > Siciliano for a High Ceremony .......I could visualize the drama of > the last supper, the agony > in the garden and the arrest following the betrayal.       __________________________________ Do you Yahoo!? New and Improved Yahoo! Mail - Send 10MB messages! http://promotions.yahoo.com/new_mail  
(back) Subject: Re: LBW dreadful reharmonizations From: "Mike" <organist@clover.net> Date: Wed, 04 Aug 2004 15:58:48 -0700   Keys4bach@aol.com wrote:   > as do i BUT i try and just reharmonize them myself..........good = practice > >that way. > >   Though I no longer play in a Lutheran Church, I keep both the SBH and LBW handy. Sometimes I use the LBW harmonzations as an alternate harm. for a last verse or something...   Mike        
(back) Subject: Re: Anglican Chant From: "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk> Date: Wed, 4 Aug 2004 12:59:10 -0700 (PDT)   Hello,   Easy!   > Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an > apostle, separated unto > the gospel of God, (which he had promised afore by > his prophets in the holy > scriptures,) concerning his Son Jesus Christ our > Lord, which was made of the > seed of David according to the flesh; and declared > to be the Son of God with > power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the > resurrection from the > dead: by whom we have received grace and > apostleship, for obedience to the > faith among all nations, for his name: among whom > are ye also the called of > Jesus Christ: to all that be in Rome, beloved of > God /call-ed /to .be /saints: > grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the > /Lo.rd /Jes.us /Christ.   Of course, the first 140 lines as they would appear in a psalter, would be utterly indistinguishable from the "One note samba."   Regards,   Colin Mitchell UK       --- "John L. Speller" <jlspeller@swbell.net> wrote:   > You should be thankful that St. Paul didn't write > the Psalms. Here is the > first sentence of the Epistle to the Romans (KJV): > > "Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an > apostle etc etc etc etc     __________________________________ Do you Yahoo!? Yahoo! Mail - You care about security. So do we. http://promotions.yahoo.com/new_mail  
(back) Subject: Re: premise for discussion From: "Colin Mitchell" <cmys13085@yahoo.co.uk> Date: Wed, 4 Aug 2004 13:09:34 -0700 (PDT)   Hello,   Has anyone ever bored holes in the top of a swell-box and let the 8ft basses stick out?   Of course, they would have to be sealed well, but surely, it would work?   I've seen swell boxes with the bottom octave external and not under expression. Doesn't seem to matter too much.   16ft reeds are more promising.......1/4 length, haskelled and they would fit in a travel case!   "Hohlzaul Regal?"   Regards,   Colin Mitchell UK         __________________________________ Do you Yahoo!? New and Improved Yahoo! Mail - 100MB free storage! http://promotions.yahoo.com/new_mail  
(back) Subject: Re: Qualified ELCA Organists From: "Alan Freed" <acfreed0904@earthlink.net> Date: Wed, 04 Aug 2004 16:37:51 -0400   On 8/4/04 3:13 PM, "Keys4bach@aol.com" <Keys4bach@aol.com> wrote:   > The problem is that churches no longer pay.....period. > Worship is no longer Worship but rather tickling the ears entertainment d= u > jour. > i can happy clappy if i have to. > dont want to . >=20 Well, Dale, you know you=B9re not going to get much (if any) argument from ME= .. Except that part about =B3no longer pay...period.=B2 Please replace =B3period=B2 with =B3with some exceptions.=B2 There ARE a good number of highly competent ELCA organists, and they are inevitably drawn to parishes that make them glad they pursued the course they did.   Not ENOUGH, of course. Let me guess at under 100 nationwide; and a second tier of another 200. Not grounds for great pride, for sure. Out of that first 100, I wonder if half of them are full-time.   But I=B9m going to pursue this more with Craig, who posted before you, and who=B9s panting at the leash waiting for my reply. Tee hee.   Alan  
(back) Subject: Re: Qualified ELCA Organists From: "Octaaf" <octaaf@charter.net> Date: Wed, 4 Aug 2004 15:42:14 -0500   Craig,   Not to start the "Fake vs.. Real" p*****g contest again, I have to say = that reality is there are some very fine state of the art digital = instruments now available in the market place. These instruments are = much more affordable than a "real" organ, and have a sound quality that = is realistic to the point of being virtually indistinguishable from = pipes. Musicom real time synthesis technology comes to mind. Listen to = and play a Copeman Hart, Saville, Veritas, or Cantor and you'll be = amazed. I have a II/27 Cantor at home and prefer it's sound and = playability over the II/31 "real organ" at church.   Cheers,   Tim   Craig wrote "IF IT DOESN'T HAVE PIPES, IT ISN'T AN ORGAN!"  
(back) Subject: Re: Qualified ELCA Organists From: "Mike" <organist@clover.net> Date: Wed, 04 Aug 2004 17:02:23 -0700   Randolph Runyon wrote:   >What they say they really want is to get new people to come. > I here this sort of thing too. The music gets the blame when people don't come. Personally, I think if that's all the keeps people away, they have more serious issues to address.   What happens when the music changes over, and nothing happens? What gets blamed next? "boring" bible readings? Maybe they'll want to replace that with cutsie inspirational writings by contemporary authors, or replace the sermon with little 20 minute video dramas. It can be pretty scarey when you think about what lies ahead.   The great here irony is church is also the place where you hear "We never did it like that before!!!," as an excuse to reject something different. Just try adding an interlude between hymn stanzas or modulating the last verse to another key when they are used to hearing squarish, colorless and mechanical playing. It gets under my skin when they become so used to hearing something done badly, that when they get the chance to hear something done well, they don't like it because they're not used to it.   >It's sad that the so-called >Worship and Music Committee has no concept of worship. > In the spring, I was serving on a task-force to diversify the music in the church. One of the first things to come up was bringing more "interesting" music. The conversation went something like this:   ME: Well, what would you like to hear?   THEY: A guitar would be nice.   ME: OK, I've got no problem with that. I like guitar music, and it's a versatile instrument. Who plays the guitar?   THEY: (Looking at each other) Uhhhh.... No one.   ME: So, where do you plan to get a guitar player? Are you going to set aside money to hire one? Are you going to make a list of people from the outside of the church and ask them if they'll set aside time, possibly from their own church, to come play for us just out of the goodness of their hearts?   Now they were stuck. I told them that we should be looking within. What people in the church have musical gifts to share? These are the people we need to go after. As of now, all the people who do like to share their musical gifts are all traditional. None of the CCM or gospel want to do anything. They won't participate in choir, or perform solo or small group. My choir prefers traditional stuff, so that's mostly what I do with them. I'm not going to make them sing a lot of stuff they really don't enjoy. If more Gospel or CCM people would join the choir or at least do something to contribute more, we'd do more of that kind of music. For the most part of my experience, the people who speak the most do the least.   Mike        
(back) Subject: Re: Qualified ELCA Organists From: "Alan Freed" <acfreed0904@earthlink.net> Date: Wed, 04 Aug 2004 16:59:32 -0400   On 8/4/04 4:42 PM, "Octaaf" <octaaf@charter.net> wrote:   > I have a II/27 Cantor at home and prefer it's sound and playability over = the > II/31 "real organ" at church.   That, of course, is highly believable. But I suspect that it=B9s because you prefer =B3this=B2 instrument over =B3that=B2 one, rather than because you prefer =B3Cantor=B2 categorically over =B3=8Creal=B9=B2 categorically. Which means that you=B9v= e compared two specific instruments (one =B3picked=B2 by you, which is GREAT), bu= t not two technologies. No?   Alan  
(back) Subject: Re: Qualified ELCA Organists From: "F. Richard Burt" <effarbee@verizon.net> Date: Wed, 4 Aug 2004 16:14:07 -0600   Hello, Another fellow who has been in this business a long, long time, and is, I believe, a Lutheran, said that in his opinion the clergy was lacking in "manhood." I don't think he was putting down the fine women who are in the ministry now, but the virility that seems to be part of a real leader seems to be missing from the presence of the congregation. That will be very difficult to quantify, and come up with a positive result that allows you to plan corrective action. Maybe all the other negatives are the result of that lack of leadership, . . . and I hasten to say that it has been a problem in almost all denominations. We seem to be adrift, and can't seem to find the will to put the oars back in the water. F. Richard Burt ..    
(back) Subject: Real versus Digital! From: "Bob Conway" <conwayb@sympatico.ca> Date: Wed, 04 Aug 2004 17:26:48 -0400   Not wanting to start the eternal argument, - may I simply suggest that any =   one who has doubts about the merits of a digital organ might do worse that =   listen to the Epiphany Opus One organ that is now installed in Trinity Church, New York City.   I received the CD this morning, and can only say that it is the nearest to =   a pipe organ that I have ever heard. So much so, that I am planning a = trip to New York City in the Fall to hear it for real.   Marshall and Ogletree have done a fine job with their Epiphany Opus One = organ.   Bob Conway    
(back) Subject: Re: Qualified ELCA Organists From: "Randolph Runyon" <runyonr@muohio.edu> Date: Wed, 04 Aug 2004 17:26:22 -0400   on 8/4/04 6:14 PM, F. Richard Burt at effarbee@verizon.net wrote:   > Hello, > > Another fellow who has been in this business a long, long > time, and is, I believe, a Lutheran, said that in his opinion > the clergy was lacking in "manhood." I don't think he was > putting down the fine women who are in the ministry now, > but the virility that seems to be part of a real leader seems > to be missing from the presence of the congregation. > > That will be very difficult to quantify, and come up with > a positive result that allows you to plan corrective action. > > Maybe all the other negatives are the result of that lack > of leadership, . . . and I hasten to say that it has been > a problem in almost all denominations. We seem to be > adrift, and can't seem to find the will to put the oars > back in the water. > > F. Richard Burt > >   This is very well put. Theological liberalism (and I say this coming out = of a liberal background myself) has perhaps sapped the authority from the pulpit. All I've heard in the last five or so years from the pulpit in = the three different churches from three different denominations I've served is treacle. Statements that are surely true in themselves, but aren't the whole Gospel, like "God loves you," "God is a loving Father," "We should = be nice to others." Basically it's culturally-conditioned morality ever so slightly colored with religiosity. No attempt is ever made to deal with more than one of the three (or four, if you count the Psalm) lectionary readings at a time. A lot is said about Jesus being all, but no = explanation is offered. It's as if Jesus were a product they were selling.     Randy Runyon Music Director Zion Lutheran Church Hamilton, Ohio runyonr@muohio.edu          
(back) Subject: Re: denominations From: "Noel Stoutenburg" <mjolnir@ticnet.com> Date: Wed, 04 Aug 2004 16:35:12 -0500   Christopher J. Howerter wrote:   > I must say that I always have a copy of the SBH (Service Book and > Hymnal, or "red book") at the console to play those harmonizations > every single chance I get. I've also heard that there is a book > entitled 100 reharmonizations to the LBW, or something of the sort, > which actually employs the original harmonizations from the SBH...go > figure! :) BTW, the hymns in the SBH, would it be legal to copy them > for use for four-part choral singing, so as to avoid the dreadful LBW > harmonizations?   AS far as many of them are concerned, yes, since a good number of these are from predecessor books that are in the public domain. However, the list of original publishers of the SBH (once something on the order of 16 or so different entities, has in the years since the volume was published, been reduced to one: Augsburg Fortress. Whether they would give permission to make copies or not is open to some question, though, as the volume is still in print, though some of the auxilliary books (like the accompaniment edition, and the organists edition of the liturgy) are POP.   ns  
(back) Subject: Re: Real versus Digital! From: "Jim McFarland" <mcfarland6@juno.com> Date: Wed, 4 Aug 2004 17:36:50 -0400     On Wed, 04 Aug 2004 17:26:48 -0400 Bob Conway <conwayb@sympatico.ca> writes:   > one who has doubts about the merits of a digital organ might do > worse that > listen to the Epiphany Opus One organ > > I received the CD this morning,   I don't want to see this argument run again either. I just need to say that once you reduce the sound of a pipe organ to what can come through a vibrating paper cone, you no longer have basis for comparison. If people want to reflect upon a particular organ's merits, they should hear the organ.   Jim  
(back) Subject: Re: Real versus Digital! From: "Mattcinnj" <mattcinnj@yahoo.com> Date: Wed, 4 Aug 2004 14:41:20 -0700 (PDT)   Hi Everyone, I would suggest listening using a very good set of headphones ..... this = will reveal the various mechanical "effects" ........... which are not = as noticable when using speakers. I have Definitive Technology speakers = at home ........ and these were the speakers used in the installation .... = but still prefer the headphones. Happy Listening !!! Matt   Bob Conway <conwayb@sympatico.ca> wrote: Not wanting to start the eternal argument, - may I simply suggest that any =   one who has doubts about the merits of a digital organ might do worse that =   listen to the Epiphany Opus One organ that is now installed in Trinity Church, New York City.   I received the CD this morning, and can only say that it is the nearest to =   a pipe organ that I have ever heard. So much so, that I am planning a trip =   to New York City in the Fall to hear it for real.   Marshall and Ogletree have done a fine job with their Epiphany Opus One = organ.   Bob Conway     ****************************************************************** "Pipe Up and Be Heard!" PipeChat: A discussion List for pipe/digital organs & related topics HOMEPAGE : http://www.pipechat.org List: mailto:pipechat@pipechat.org Administration: mailto:admin@pipechat.org List-Subscribe: List-Digest: List-Unsubscribe:     --------------------------------- Do you Yahoo!? New and Improved Yahoo! Mail - 100MB free storage!
(back) Subject: RE: Real versus Digital! From: "TheShieling" <TheShieling@xtra.co.nz> Date: Thu, 5 Aug 2004 09:55:06 +1200     >I received the CD this morning, and can only say that it is the nearest = to a pipe organ that I have ever heard. So much so, that I am planning a = trip to New York City in the Fall to hear it for real.   You have not heard the instrument at all, but merely a recording of it. = That cannot even begin to match an instrument in a building with that. = Recording engineers, and your own stereo set's interpretation of them, can do all kinds of things in recording sounds. On this List, we've heard statements about how E.Power Biggs's recording engineers greatly modified the sound = of the organs he was recording. If that was possible 40+ years ago, it's even more possible now.   Too, electronic instruments suffer less in recording than (pipe) organs = do, as electronic sounds come from loudspeakers anyway. By merely recording pipes you ermove a great deal of the quality of tone experienced in the building, be it good tone or bad.   Sorry to be so definite, but I've learned over many years never to trust recordings, but merely to accept that they may give a vague approximation. =     Ross    
(back) Subject: Worship Conference From: "Benjamin A Kolodziej" <bkolodzi@smu.edu> Date: Wed, 4 Aug 2004 16:59:55 -0500   I have never posted anything here on pipechat, although I have actually = read all the online pipechat archives (it took several months!) I feel like I know a lot of you! I did wish to invite any interested organists/church musicians/clergy to the following conference I am sponsoring:   ++++++   "O That I Had a Thousand Voices: Sacred Music in the Life of the Church," 8-10 November, 2004. Sponsored by Lord of Life Lutheran Church Music Ministries, Plano, TX.   This conference endeavors to encourage critical theological thinking from both clergy and church musicians about matters relating to worship, = liturgy, and music. Further, a special emphasis will be placed on practical means = to enliven the worship, liturgy, and music in the small- or medium-sized = parish with limited resources, whilst always remaining faithful to orthodox Lutheran theology and historic practices.   FEATURED PRESENTERS: Dr Carl Schalk, emininent teacher, musicologist, composer, author, and recipient of the 2002 AGO distinguished composer = award will present lectures detailing his historically-informed perspectives on the relationships among theology, music, and worship as they relate to modern worship practices. Schalk is retired from Concordia University, River Forest, where he was instrumental in beginning the Master of Church Music program. His choral compositions and hymn settings for = congregational use are widely used in many denominations. He has written more than 80 hymn tunes and carols, many of which appear in more than 30 denominational hymnals of the US, Canada, Europe, Japan, and Southeast Asia.   Rev Dr Jim Brauer, Dean of the Chapel at Concordia Seminary, St Louis, = will present lectures including "The Book of Concord as a Guide to Liturgical Music" and "Seventeenth-Century Lutheran Musical Practice as a Model for Modern Worship Practice." Holding degrees in theology and music from CUNY and Union Theological Seminary, Rev Dr Brauer's music is published by CPH and Morningstar, and his scholarly writings appear in numerous liturgical journals.   Dr Don Rotermund, prolific composer and for 40 years Minister of Music at Zion Lutheran Church, Dallas, will present a series of workshops for organists only. Based on his forthcoming book to be published by Morningstar Music, Dr Rotermund will suggest creative, yet simple and practical, ways by which any organist can venture beyond the printed page = to enliven their hymn playing.   More information, including registration information, may be found on http://www.lol-plano.org/sacredmusic.html   +++++     Benjamin A Kolodziej, CAGO, MSM, MTS Organist and Director of Worship Lord of Life Lutheran Church Plano, TX USA +++ Assistant Organist, Perkins Chapel, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX USA www.perkinschapel.webhop.net