The Word Chord

Many Anglicans and Episcopalians world-wide say that Christmas comes with the chord on “Word of the Father” in Sir David Willcocks’ congregation/brass/timpani/organ setting of Adeste Fideles, “O come, all ye faithful.” Our “Word” chord last week, however, happened on the piano in the parish hall. Months ago when I learned that we would most likely be worshipping in our Cheney Parish Hall for Christmas 2019, I did not panic but began thinking creativ... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Monday, December 30, 2019

I syng of a mayden

No, the title of this week’s blog is not a spell-check disaster. I love to see the words of this ancient carol printed in its original Middle English. In Lectionary Years B and C, by its Gospel accounts of the Annunciation and the Visitation to Elizabeth, the Fourth Sunday of Advent is devoted to Mary the Mother of Jesus. Indeed, the Magnificat is even an option for the Psalm in Year C. But if Advent IV remains devoted to Mary, even in Year A where we are this year, this Sunday’... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Tuesday, December 17, 2019

And he answered, "No!"

In this weekly blog, I am supposedly tasked with bringing together our parish worship and music in some meaningful way, with the common thread being either our Anglican worship traditions or the lectionary readings. Well, not this week. This week I’m simply writing on a favorite anthem of our choirs, lovers of Baroque choral music, devotees of the English sacred music tradition, and altos, counter-tenors, and tenors worldwide. And for many reasons, it happens to be a beloved personal... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Monday, December 9, 2019

Thanksgiving Advent mashup

Everyone knows that I am an intentionally, overly trained classical musician and have been since about age six. Indeed, many may not know that I am also a big fan of pop music. As a pop music fan, one of my regular television shows on the Fox Network from 2009-15 was GLEE, a story about a high school choir. I loved everything about GLEE, mainly the story lines about musical kids being fully accepted into the mainstream (or not). When watching GLEE, I learned a new contemporary musical term:... Read More
Posted by Dr. David Ouzts at Tuesday, December 3, 2019