- Tuesday, February 2, 2010
- Friday, July 10, 2009Read more
Another crazy end of season, coming just one week after the Association of Anglican Musicians performance by both Canterbury and Coventry choirs. We headed to Anaheim on a bus and led the rousing Integrity Eucharist — celebrating LGBT ministries in the Episcopal Church — in a ballroom at the Anaheim Convention Center. Another inspiring time and grateful to have been asked by the national church.
- Wednesday, July 1, 2009Read more
It’s a big deal to be invited to perform for an Association of Anglican Musicians national conference! As such, I was pleased that the leaders, knowing our reputation for high quality and for pushing the boundaries of church repertoire, asked us to lead a Jazz Matins. We had the repertoire, with Bill Cunliffe, and both Canterbury and Coventry choirs arranged to take the day off to lead this service. More than anything, I was deeply moved by the ovation the AAM members gave to the fact that there were even choirs there during the middle of the day. That never…
- Tuesday, November 11, 2008Read more
After Barack Obama was elected President in November 2008, Norman Lear had the idea of making a video that could be part of the celebrations around the Inauguration — something that would celebrate the joy of our diversity as a nation. The idea was to have one song that would be sung by diverse soloists and ensembles in iconic US locations. Lear has had a long association /friendship with All Saints Church, so he called Ed Bacon, asking that the All Saints Choir perform the song in the Rose Bowl. I didn’t immediately warm to the idea, and truth…
- Sunday, October 5, 2008Here are Bill’s notes about the process of transformationRead more
In early 1998, I was looking for a spiritual home in Los Angeles. A friend, actor Steve Rowe, told me about a very special place, All Saints Episcopal Church, in Pasadena. Their motto is, “Whoever you are, and wherever you find yourself on your journey of faith, there is a place here for you.” That intrigued me, as I was
- Sunday, June 1, 2008Canterbury and Coventry choirs premiere Jon Bailey’s EpiphaniesRead more
Jon Bailey and I are friends dating back to the early years of GALAS (Gays and Lesbians All Saints) in the mid-1980’s. On the music faculty of Pomona College for many years, he approached me in the early 21st century about composing some pieces for the All Saints Choirs. Coventry Choir premiered his Magnificat and Nunc dimittis, and we talked about his writing a longer work. The 125th anniversary of the founding of All Saints was coming up in a couple years, and I suggested that might be a wonderful occasion for a new work. Who would write the text?…
- Sunday, January 27, 2008Read more
This was an inspiring event, requiring huge amounts of planning and coordination. It was also one of the most successful collaborations with two large ministries at All Saints Church, as the Peace and Justice ministry — headed by Lori Kizzia — took on the major aspects of coordinating, leaving the music planning to the musicians! It was wonderful to have the diversity represented in the 6 choirs shine forth in the All Saints Church chancel.
- Monday, May 7, 2007Read more
Sabbatical. I need one. Dealing with the complexities of all All Saints — trying to hold it all together — is very challenging work, all the while trying to be a musician. And that is precisely the focus of my sabbatical: reclaiming my being a musician. I need to learn some Bach fugues. I’m going to practice the organ and
- Sunday, May 6, 2007Begins with my first Coventry Choir rehearsal in February 1983Read more
How does the conversation about sacrificial atonement theology in the Anglican Communion impact the selection of music for liturgies at All Saints? We are in this adventure together, and I believe we can worship in this creative tension, with understanding.
- Friday, December 15, 2006