There's books on it - tons of books, actually. Barnes and Noble has it's own section on Leadership. Why are we so concerned with the right path to obtain leadership positions? Or why are we trying to find the so called "secret methods" to leading successfully? Problem is that a lot of those answers are subjective to who you are leading. If you don't understand your people, you won't lead well.
It's about time to pick your Christmas Music Performance theme and setup for your production. We're at the start of the holiday season as we fly past Halloween and move into Thanksgiving. You're either in two camps right now. The planner who decided their Christmas show weeks ago. The last minute person who could use some ideas to get the ideas flowing, but really won't work on the logistics until the last possible hour.
We find that a lot of people that come to us for solutions on staging equipment work in small spaces. What we mean by small spaces are that they're music directors for a small - medium sized, specific group of people. They lead a choir, band, or other performance group. They may not be conducting a big orchestra with fame and fortune, but they believe in that group of 4th and 5th graders that want to learn all the words to their new choir song.
Being a woman owned business, we love any posts that we see about females succeeding. We came across this great blog post on 4 Ways to Develop Female Worship Leaders. Encouraging women to lead, whether they are the lead vocalist or not, in the way they carry themselves is what Jalessa McCreary has been doing.
I've been listening to other's talking about why community is important. We were meant to be together to not feel as alone in life. It might be a little weird to some to experience choirs. They seem out of date and only needed at special services - like Christmas and Easter. However, that feeling you get around Christmas where you feel connected to family and friends, and even the world as a whole, is the same feeling that community has on a person.
It seems like the new trend in Christian Music are using parts of hymns in a new song. Or combining a modern song likeStronger by Hillsong with the hymn Jesus Paid It All. Seems like we're recycling the old with the new? Am I right?
They're mashups. It's like Christian Music is taking cues from other genres to make it more modern. It's also similar to have a feature artist on a song - pop music has been doing this for years now. It seems like Christian Music is taking a cue from culture and using it to become more appealing. That very opinion is controversial in the Church today. Do we counteract culture or do we reflect culture?
Whatever your answer on the question above, they're 3 camps of thought I have found on the subject of hymns becoming modern:
- People Enjoy the New Spin on Classic Hymns
- People Want to Keep It Simple and Just Use Old Hymns
- People Don't Agree With Having a Christian Genre of Music
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We asked one of our recent clients to answer some questions about us. Jack Walton, Director of Music, at St. David's Episcopal Church and School in Ashburn, VA was that very client. Here are some of the highlights of my interview with him:
- He Couldn't Believe the Price-Point at First
- Morgan McDonnell [Owner of McDonnell and Company International] Answered Each Question with Clarity and Confidence
- We Can Hear the Choir Now!