IWS Choir Returning for June 2013 Session

Watch for upcoming details regarding the IWS choir. The choir is open to all (including new and returning students). We’ll sing at Wednesday night Opening Convocation and for Commencement. Join Dr. Sharp for another great time of adding our voices to the joy of IWS! Please Dr. Sharp to let him know your intentions.
Read More

[Conference] The Ins, Outs and Art of Worship

Join us for inspiring and informative sessions on the ministry of worship. Main sessions will include modeling a variety of worship styles (traditional, contemporary, ancient), the use of media, great teaching and time for reflection. Workshop topics include: Using Technology to Our Advantage Employing Media Properly Designing Worship Services Building a Praise Team Theology of...
Read More

June 2012 Choir Information [Updated 31 May 2012]

The IWS Choir will again participate in both Opening Convocation and Commencement. The choir, conducted by Dr. Dan Sharp, is open to everyone: both new and returning students and alumni. Update 31 May 2012: The Tuesday rehearsal has been pushed back to 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. We will be singing: Sicut cervas of Palestrina...
Read More

Anamnesis 27: April 2012

In this issue: The Transformation of Lives (From the editor) · Reframing the Conversation (President's column) · Let Someone Else Praise You (Darrell Harris) · January seminar reflections · June worship seminar with Chris Hall · Faculty news · Alumni news · Alumni focus: Alan Brisco · Student focus: Jonathan Powers · Spiritual Formation Institute:...
Read More

Appalachian State University Gospel Choir to give March 29 Concert

The Orange Park-based Institute for Worship Studies to co-host concert at Grace Episcopal Church
Read More

Christmas 2011 Message from the President

This little babe so few days old, Is come to rifle Satan’s fold; All hell doth at His presence quake, Though He Himself for cold do shake; For in this weak unarmèd wise The gates of hell He will surprise. -from “New Heaven, New War,” by Robert Southwell (1561-1595) In a recent Christmas greeting, a...
Read More

Lester Ruth: Is God Just Hanging Out on the Sofa? (Initial Wonderings about the Inactivity of God)

A few years ago I published in a couple of places a review that I had done about the Trinitarian quality of the most used contemporary worship songs in the United States. The study looked at the lyrics of any song that had appeared on one of CCLI’s twice-a-year list of the most used 25...
Read More

David Neff: At Play in the House of the Lord

David Neff’s June 2010 Commencement Address: I grew up in a congregation where worship was so Word-centered that it often tried to usher beauty out the door in the name of truth. It might have succeeded had it not been for my father, who loved choral music and believed that God was a god of...
Read More

Reggie Kidd: Redemption Songs (Plainsong Style)

This past Advent, I began chanting psalms in my daily devotions. I’m doing so using the eight ancient plainsong chant tones that have their origins in the Gregorian musical revolution of the middle of the 1st millennium, as recovered and restored in the late 19th century.
Read More

Reggie Kidd: Dante’s Song (From Exile to Pilgrimage)

A “new song” celebrates God’s deliverance from exile. Sometimes the song is the deliverance. Singing transforms experiences and changes perspectives. Such is the case with Dante Alighieri’s (1265-1321) Divine Comedy…
Read More

Reggie Kidd: Bach, Bubba, and the Blues Brothers (The Singing Savior’s Many Voices)

In the summer of 1999 when I was in the middle of writing With One Voice, the following summary article appeared in The Reformed Quarterly. For many of my friends the article served as an entrée into my thinking about the many voices through which our Singing Savior sings in his church. For a long...
Read More

Dan Sharp: Rehearsal Tempo

Introduction Recently I had major surgery that dictated I have a minimum of four weeks recovery. During that time I was to stay out of the office and do no rehearsing of the choir. In preparation for the time away, I met with four of the gifted choir members who also happen to be conductors....
Read More

Dan Sharp: Recommended Choral Anthems for Advent and Christmas, Part 1

A Christmas Garland, Conrad Susa SATB—ECS Publishing No.4365 For voices, congregation, organ or brass or orchestra. Extended choral setting of various carols. A Spotless Rose, Herbert Howells SATB—Galaxy Music Corp. No.220 A cappella; great piece! Allons, gai, gai, G. Costeley SATB—Broude Brothers (Come Shepherds and See sung in French and English) Angels We Have Heard...
Read More

Dan Sharp: Recommended Choral Anthems for Lent and Easter

Jump to Lent • Holy Week • Palm/Passion Sunday • Eastertide Lent Pie Jesu (from Requiem), Andrew Lloyd Webber SATB—Hal Leonard HL 08603519 Need exceptional soprano I and II (youth) for duet. Choir part is easy. I have also orchestrated it per the recording with Sarah Brightman. Holy Week Beneath the Cross of Jesus, arr....
Read More

Constance Cherry: Planning Blended Worship

Learn how to re-think the meaning of blended worship. No more quotas of hymns and choruses! Instead, learn practical ways to add fullness and depth to your worship by integrating a wide variety of worship expressions, both old and new.
Read More
1 2