Of all the musical instruments, the human voice is the most genuine and expressive.
A wise man once stated, “[It’s] the only instrument that God created and we’re supposed to use it.”
It’s so deeply personal and requires a teacher with an ability to not only connect on a musical level but an emotional and spiritual level.
From the first breath, we use our voice.
The syllables “ma” and “da” quickly morph into coherent words and statements.
It’s not long until we’re forming legitimate sentences and articulating thoughts and ideas.
One eventually decides to sing a syllable, word, or phrase.
Perhaps this occurs before speaking.
In an instant, the singer begins her journey.
She starts to sing songs at home and in the classroom.
She eventually realizes that this art is worth pursuing at a higher level and decides to find a group of like-minded individuals in her community.
The church choir plays an integral role in spiritual development, teaching the importance of worship, overall musicianship, and providing one with a sense of community and a lifelong love for worship and music.
As a worship and music director, It is my goal to instill in my teams and leaders love and hearts for passionate and creative worship.
Jesus loves us all!
This is something worth celebrating daily!!
I strive to instill a love for worship and music that transcends the rehearsal and worship service and resonates in their everyday lives.
Often, choristers show up to rehearsals only to learn the notes, good choral technique, and a few dramatic elements.
While these are essential components, it’s central for individuals to walk away knowing that the worship of our Great Creator is the very reason why we sing.
Worship also does something for the congregation and us; hearts are mended, lives are changed, people are drawn closer to the presence of God.
It’s important that musicians and singers learn to appreciate old and new musical works and learn about the compositions themselves; the composers, the time periods, musical form, musical texture, etc.
Educating them about the musical compositions as well as what it takes to “sound good” are equally important, for music will hold a more prominent place in their lives and presentations will take on a new level of meaning and artistry.
Musicians connect more with the congregation when they feel emotionally and spiritually connected to the music.
The wise music director will incorporate a wide variety of styles so that musicians and choristers have an opportunity to present and congregants have an opportunity to experience the vast spectrum of music history.
I desire to create an atmosphere where all musicians and congregants can pursue the Lord in passionate and creative worship.
It is equally important to build leadership roles, such as section leaders and set challenging, but realistic expectations for the singers.
Maintaining high musical standards is essential, and I firmly believe that church musicians will rise to meet the standards established by the director if they feel respected and valued.
The relationship between music teams and myself is an approachable, professional, genuine, and nurturing one.
Choral directing is spiritual, musical and relational.
A genuine heart for worship and high artistic standards are attainable when the music director possesses a passion for the Lord, a great deal of musical knowledge, a life-long desire to learn, patience, and operates with such a level of sincerity that music leaders and teams can trust him.
Unity is central.
“All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had.”
“Soli Deo Gloria!”
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