Love teachers and you learn forever

I have much respect for teachers – those highly educated, grossly underpaid, dedicated life-servants who happily and carefully prepare us for making our ways in the world as grown-ups. I idolized my teachers from the very beginning, especially the musical ones. One of my Presbyterian kindergarten teachers was a pianist, as was my Methodist Sunday school teacher the same year. My first-grade teacher was a Baptist church choir director and a pianist and an organist. She had a Magnu... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Thursday, September 28, 2017

In celebration of St. Michael et al

Episcopalians believe in celebrations. The central liturgy in the Book of Common Prayer is, indeed, the Celebration of the Holy Eucharist. We use the word "celebration" in every nuance of its meaning: to observe or commemorate, to proclaim, to praise widely, to solemnize, to perform with appropriate rites and ceremonies. Each Sunday in the Christian year, we celebrate as a specific feast day, remembering that "each Sunday is a Little Easter." This Sunday (Sept. 24) ... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Negro spirituals complex as code they represented

In the South, we communicate by telling stories. We all do it, though some of us are admittedly better or more interested in the practice than others. And some of us (like yours truly) do it with far more detail than necessary or desired, bless our hearts. One of the musical forms that is truly American is the Negro spiritual. And no, these songs are not correctly called African-American spirituals; they are properly Negro spirituals, songs of trial and tribulation that grew out of the ... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Monday, September 11, 2017

Sublimity from St. Bart's

There are occasionally anthems, indeed marriages of text and tune, that give us a glimpse of heaven. This Sunday’s anthem at the 10:30 a.m. Offertory is one of them. And how delighted I am that our CHC Choristers (grades 2-6) will join the Parish Choir for the first time this season to sing and experience this sublime music! Great Russian choral music frequently includes numerous Alleluias, pronounced Al-le-lu-i-a in five syllables as opposed to normal four Al-le-lu-ia, and the choral... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Wednesday, September 6, 2017