Fighting the good fight

Is it plagiarism if you steal from yourself? And Episcopalians are nothing if not predictable, thanks to our centuries-old worship traditions and the Revised Common Lectionary. I do faithfully read said lectionary when planning liturgical music, and I make a conscious effort to balance incorporating new things for our choirs with repeating the traditional old Anglican favorites. However, this week I seem to have failed – or triumphantly succeeded, depending upon your perspective. Th... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Thursday, September 26, 2019

A tale of two hymns

The lectionary readings for this Sunday (Sept. 22) are rich but complex. And the two hymns that we will sing during Communion this Sunday have rich and complex texts as well. The first hymn is a contemporary one, which we have sung before, but is probably not quite as familiar. However, the melody is simple and, with its gentle rises and falls, is quite singable. The second hymn, a Bach chorale, is frankly one of the most beloved tunes in the book. The first hymn, “What does the Lord... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Wednesday, September 18, 2019


Many recent NOTES: Liturgy and Music blog entries have been about the new and the old. New and old anthems. New and old spaces. New and old instruments. New and old (familiar, perhaps a better word) service music in our liturgy. But I have never written an article about chairs. This past Sunday, when our Bishop blessed and dedicated all of the remodeled and renovated ministry spaces, someone asked me while touring our new Music Suite: "Did you design all of this?"  I receiv... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Friday, September 13, 2019

Old tunes, new tunes

Our parish choirs are preparing to move into a brand-new Music Suite next week. For much of the last choir season and a few weeks now in the new season, Wednesday rehearsals have been farmed out in various spaces throughout the building. By this time next week, our choirs will have their very own spaces again. Artwork will not yet be on the walls, and the music will not be perfectly filed, but we will have large rooms, pianos, and chairs. And all will have been blessed by the Bishop. Church... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Thursday, September 5, 2019