Symposium on Music for the Modern Church
DateSaturday, October 29, 2011
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Register for this seminar or call 609-924-7416. 

In collaboration with Soli Deo Gloria, the Sacred Music Department of Westminster Choir College announces a commission and the world premiere of God Be Merciful by Sven-David Sandström for a cappella choir. 

As one of Sweden’s most performed living composers, Sandström has an impressive catalog of works that includes some 300 compositions, ranging from operas and oratorios to intimate choral and chamber music. In recent years, he has been focusing especially on sacred choral music, which makes it is especially fitting that his new work, a six-minute a cappella choral piece based on Psalm 67, is the third release in Soli Deo Gloria’s Psalms Project.  

The premiere performance takes place in a very fitting setting, at Westminster Choir College, one of the world's leading schools of music. Preceding the concert on Saturday, October 29, 2011, will be a daylong Symposium on Music for the Modern Church. This is a continuing education seminar (9:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m.) for professionals and college students and is also open to church musicians. 

Visit the Soli Deo Gloria website for additional information. 

Agenda for October 29, 2011 Seminar and Concert

9:30 – 10:45 a.m.                 
Contemporary Trends in Sacred Music

Steve Pilkington
The role of music in worship today; changes in the American church; and, how music still plays a vital role in the life of the church. 

11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.                 
Sandström on Sacred Music

Sven-David Sandström
Maestro Sandström discusses his sacred music in an interactive setting. 

12:15 – 1 p.m.                                     

1 – 2 p.m.                                       
Panel Discussion – Music for the Modern Church  

Taione Martinez, conductor
Steve Pilkington, conductor
Sven-David Sandström, composer
Moderator:  Andrew Megill, conductor

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.                     
Concurrent Sessions (choose one)

  • Adult Choir Rehearsal Techniques – Andrew Megill, Westminster Choir College
  • Pursuing Excellence in Service Playing – Ken Cowan, Westminster Choir College
  • African American Tradition in the Modern ChurchTaione Martinez, Westminster Choir College

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.                    
Creative Ways of Making Worship  

Steve Pilkington

8 – 9:15 p.m.                                     
Concert: A New Song in Our Hearts:  Sacred Music for the 21st Century
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Other Saturday Seminars include:

  • Stravinsky and Brahms:  Words and Music with Dr. Joseph Flummerfelt – October 8, 2011
  • How to Sustain a Well-Tuned Business Plan with Bill Bennett – November 19, 2011