- 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
- Saturday, June 3, 2006Read more
We sure lucked out when Ed Johnson came into the center of life in the music ministry of All Saints. Not only is he a wonderful bass chorister in Coventry (with equally wonderful wife, Susan, as alto), but Ed is a professional recording engineer, with decades of professional experience. Every spring concert since 2006 — and many of the festival
- Sunday, May 21, 2006
- Tuesday, March 7, 2006as principal musician for the 1:00 PM Spanish/Bilingual ServiceRead more
When the decision was made to add a Bilingual (Spanish/English) service to the Sunday service schedule, there wasn’t much forethought in terms of musical leadership. Therefore, in November of 2005, James Walker became music director for this new 1:00 PM service. Having no experience or expertise, I consulted colleagues in the Los Angeles area who did lead such Spanish services.
- Saturday, December 17, 2005features Canterbury and Coventry with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Disney HallRead more
When I got the call from the LA Philharmonic office wanting us to return to Disney Hall for Christmas Concerts in 2005 — after our successful Garrison Keillor engagement with Pasadena Presbyterian in 2004 — I subtly (and effectively) told them that All Saints had two adult choirs and could provide the full 100 voice choir for 2005. This made logistics so much easier and included Canterbury Choir, which became a fun adventure for the choirs of All Saints.
- Sunday, May 1, 2005celebrated with a service in the streetRead more
It is no secret that I do not enjoy making music in the middle of the street. And there are times when it can become a very festive moment to gather large groups of people and offer a labor of love, in ways that would be less fun (or not even feasible) indoors. This celebration was particularly meaningful, as Elizabeth Lenti had just arrived as associate organist-choirmaster and Bill Cunliffe composed two new choral pieces especially for the occasion.
- Monday, April 18, 2005Read more
This was my first national search for an associate organist-choirmaster, and I took a long time! The next two searches (2011 and 2015) I learned how to tighten the process. In any case, it was worth the wait to bring Elizabeth Lenti, moving from Cleveland where she had recently completed her master’s degree at Cleveland Institute of Music. She arrived
- Thursday, December 9, 2004
Coventry Choir sings with Garrison Keillor, LA Philharmonic, Pasadena Presbyterian Kirk Choir in Disney HallRead more
Philip Brunelle is the organist-choirmaster who worked with Garrison Keillor for many years. When the LA Phil contracted Keillor to lead a Christmas show at Disney Hall, Phil contacted his long-time colleague, Fred Swann, asking which church choirs would be best suited to be part of the event. (Garrison asked specifically for church choirs to participate.) Since Kirk Choir of PPC and Coventry Choir of ASC had just joined forces to lead worship that July for the national AGO convention, Fred recommended us. What a fun event, especially the choir/piano rehearsal with Keillor and Brunelle at All Saints, in preparation…