- Tuesday, June 6, 2017Read more
I’d like to sing an original piece entitled “Non Sequitur.” Well, actually, I’m not going to be singing and there is no piece, but this will definitely be a non sequitur. As one or two of you may be aware, James Walker is leaving All Saints as its Director of Music on June 30 after 34 years of brilliant music ministry.
- Sunday, June 4, 2017
- Sunday, June 4, 2017
- Sunday, April 16, 2017Read more
Long before I arrived at All Saints, it was a tradition to have Widor’s famous Toccata from Symphony No. 5 played at the end of Easter services. I hopped right onto the tradition, and over the years, those attending Easter services at All Saints would tell me how important that moment was for them. “It’s Easter for me,” they would
- Tuesday, February 14, 2017Final Sunday as Director of Music is June 25Read more
This spring James Walker wraps-up his 34-year tenure at All Saints Church, Pasadena to return to freelance work as an organist, pianist, conductor and consultant.
- Tuesday, November 1, 2016Read more
Who could possibly imagine that my tenure would span three rectors? And I’m grateful to have worked with all three. Mike Kinman preached at Homecoming, 2016, as rector-elect, and I was so very impressed with his passion, skill and warmth. When he became rector in November, we began to work closely together, and I’m deeply grateful that I could have
- Sunday, August 21, 2016Read more
This short summer sabbatical has been fruitful in many ways: energizing, relaxing, challenging and restorative. Highlights have been hearing my colleague Weicheng Zhao play brilliantly at the June National A.G.O. finals in Houston and a two-week trip to Costa Rica in July. Language immersion experiences are intense. Sometimes it feels like hitting a wall: “I can’t possibly cram any more information
- Sunday, May 1, 2016Read more
Ed Bacon’s final Sunday as rector of All Saints; my final service in the street! It was a labor of love and a joyful celebration of Ed’s powerful ministry at All Saints. And as my fingers were burning on the hot keys of the piano, as I led communion music, I joyfully realized that I need not do this again. It’s a “both/and” world.
- Saturday, April 23, 2016On the Retirement of the RectorRead more
Permanently imprinted in my memory is my first one-to-one meeting with Ed Bacon when he became Rector of All Saints Church, Pasadena, in 1995. We met in my office, and I was well-prepared with a teeming brain and stacks of documents to show the new rector how we did things at All Saints. After sitting down, he asked, “How are
- Sunday, February 28, 2016Read more
Canterbury and Coventry choirs of All Saints Church opened the 2016 Western Division Conference of the American Choral Directors Association. Here’s how it came together.