Seasonal Notes: September 2014

The whirlwind of fall music season is upon us, with first rehearsals and Rally Sundays complete, new faces and familiar, fresh music and routines returning after the summer away.

Prelude is here to help with your fall musical needs, from long-range planning with your worship planning team or scrambling for something between Wednesday and Sunday when your whole bass section is hit with the first virus of the season.

Planning ideas using recently published/recently added to Prelude material:

  1. Live in Prelude today: Partner publisher MorningStar’s O Lord of Light, an excellent collection of 2-part mixed anthems includes familiar composers like Robert Hobby, Anne Krentz Organ, Nancy Raabe.  For your Nov/Dec/Jan planning, there are two related piece linked by Johnathan Strommen Campbell for Christ the King Sunday and Advent (O Savior, Rend the Heavens Wide and Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus) and another that fits Epiphany–especially Baptism of Our Lord–by Robert Farlee (O Radiant Christ, Incarnate Word).  Available for preview and download now!
  2. Live in Prelude now: Hymnal 1982, the hymnal used by Episcopal congregations, now available for your perusal.  We do not have permission to include files on Prelude, but we do have all the liturgical metadata available to assist your planning.  Our long-range goal is to continue to include more denominational hymnal data in years to come, to fill Prelude with practical material from various partner publishers.
  3. Budget stretched?  Don’t forget that you have Gospel Acclamations for free in Prelude!  This is an good way to incorporate the readings for the day into your choral repertoire instead of simply singing choral anthems.  Simply pull up the date you need for your planning on the calendar, type “gospel acclamation” in the Title/Theme/Keywords box, and you will find them all available for preview and ready to download for zero points (Note: if you’re looking ahead planning for the whole year, we currently have all acclamations for Fall, Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, and Time after Epiphany loaded, and will add the Lent/Easter acclamations later this year and the summer acclamations early 2015).  See also: Choral stanzas and descants for more great material that comes with your subscription!
  4. Coming Soon to Prelude–more liturgical music, then we will be looking at 2015 seasonal lines for Lent and Easter!
  • Augsburg Fortress Music Sourcebook for All Saints through Transfiguration: Volume 2
  • Augsburg Fortress Of the Land and Seasons
  • Augsburg Fortress Assembly Required, Set 3: Service Music for Choir and Assembly
  • Coming soon: Augsburg Organ Library: Advent
  • Coming later fall: new Lent and Easter choral and instrumental music from AF and partners

We hope Prelude will enrich your choral and congregational song, stir your creative energy, introduce you to new material from the comfort of your home/office, and make your planning easier so you can get back to making music!

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Michelle Hughes

In addition to serving as Prelude Project Manager/"Content Queen," I've served in various roles as a church musician throughout in my life--Saint Paul Area Synod Youth Representative, Augsburg College Choir Alto Section Leader and Campus Ministry Leadership, National Lutheran Choir Member (during Larry Fleming's time), ELCA pastor (internship Gloria Dei Lutheran, Williston, ND, called to First Lutheran, Janesville, WI), Middle School Choir director and Worship/Praise Band Singer (United Lutheran, Red Wing, MN), occasional Sundays and Seasons contributor/Augsburg Fortress Gospel Devotional writer, and last but most significant vocation: mother to three young musicians--twin girls plus younger sister.

Seasonal Notes: Summer 2014

Music clinics are rolling along (Clinic Information Here)–now is planning time for the choral year!  We provide quick updates whenever we add something new to Prelude via our Fanfare announcements, and I can never cover all of the great pieces we’re adding daily, but today I’ll go a little more in-depth with some recommendations for your choral year programming.

Wait–what was the name of that clinic piece?  

  • Did you like something you heard at the clinic?  Couldn’t attend this year?  Everything featured at clinics is available on Prelude!  New Releases from Augsburg Fortress, Choristers Guild, MorningStar…
  • Forget who wrote that one you liked at the clinic, or only recall a few details about it?  Type “summer2014clinic” (no spaces) in the Title/Theme/Keywords box to bring up all the clinic music from all publishers.  You can use Prelude in tandem with our webstore to help you find and order those pieces, too: New Music for Fall, Advent, Christmas 2014.
  • Remember: Prelude offers the Preview feature to confirm whether you’re getting just the right version of the song you’d like, to allow you to plan and print it at the best time of year for your choir and your congregation.

GIA latest material: Great Choral Year Pillars and Special Occasions, adding instruments to choral works

  • Magnificat for Advent (SATB, org, trumpet) or Night of Silence for Christmas (SATB, keyboard, optional winds/string/guitar) are two solid picks for a larger work for your Advent/Christmas choral season.  All instrumental parts and scores available on Prelude!
  • Easter Proclamation by Ferguson is a festive Easter piece for SATB, brass, and organ.  It’s lovely–but not overwhelming to learn for a small or medium sized choir; GIA’s website says “Despite all the substance of this piece, it is not beyond the reach of the respectable church choir.”
  • Special anniversary or church dedication?  A Song of Hope is good choice–arrangement by John Ferguson, text by Isaac Watts, designed to include SATB, children’s choir, brass, and handbells.

Service Music

  • Gospel Acclamations for Autumn and Gospel Acclamations for Advent-Transfiguration are available for every week of the church year from September 7, 2014 through February 15, 2015 (the rest of the liturgical year will be loaded by January).  Just search by the date you need, and your choir and/or handbells can be prepared to lead the Alleluia.
  • Remember to plan for Choral stanzas and Descants (free with Prelude subscription!): great for weekly variety in hymn-singing, adding to special festivals, or when you just don’t have the right anthem to match a Sunday, when an ELW text suits an occasion but that hymn could use musical augmentation. Launch the Planner and go to Filter by Type to click the exact category you need.

Coming soon to Prelude (July/August 2014): New content daily!

We hope you’ll have a great time learning and getting inspiration at clinics, meeting new colleagues and friends and catching up with familiar faces.  We’re always happy to hear the kinds of things you’d like to see in Prelude, too.  Have a great summer!

 

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Michelle Hughes

In addition to serving as Prelude Project Manager/"Content Queen," I've served in various roles as a church musician throughout in my life--Saint Paul Area Synod Youth Representative, Augsburg College Choir Alto Section Leader and Campus Ministry Leadership, National Lutheran Choir Member (during Larry Fleming's time), ELCA pastor (internship Gloria Dei Lutheran, Williston, ND, called to First Lutheran, Janesville, WI), Middle School Choir director and Worship/Praise Band Singer (United Lutheran, Red Wing, MN), occasional Sundays and Seasons contributor/Augsburg Fortress Gospel Devotional writer, and last but most significant vocation: mother to three young musicians--twin girls plus younger sister.

Looking for ways to make your music budget last longer?

I know how Prelude Music Planner can save lots of time and trouble locating the right music for the right occasion. I’ve written about that previously. What I didn’t dwell on then was quite literally how much MONEY Prelude can save you. Yes, real dollars to your music budget.

This arose because my church has been on the fence about subscribing to Prelude. So I drew up this comparison chart to show how much it would cost to buy the music we need for the coming months in print, versus the cost if we subscribed to Prelude.

Take a look:

 

 

 

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Click here for larger version of Prelude Comparison Chart

This doesn’t even take into account the value of the Prelude Points we’d get with our subscription, or the future savings on music purchases on augsburgfortress.org (20% off!).

It just makes sense, in ministry, in time, and even in budget. Subscribe, so you can free up more of your time, spirit, and treasure for your ministry.

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Eric Vollen

Eric Vollen is the Marketing Manager for Worship, Music and Congregational Life at Augsburg Fortress, and leads a youth choir at Grace University Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. He lives in St. Paul’s Highland Park.

20 Years: Thank You, Martin Seltz!

Today Augsburg Fortress honors Martin Seltz on his 20 year anniversary as an employee of Augsburg Fortress, serving as Publisher of Worship and Music. A highlight from today’s celebration includes a musical tribute by colleague Robert Buckley Farlee.

We invite you to join us in celebration by clicking through the link below (tune “Good Christian Friends, Rejoice and Sing!” Gelobt Sei Gott):

For Twenty Years

We give thanks for Martin Seltz’s years of Spirit-filled leadership and offer our songs of joyful tribute to all who serve in worship and music as this educational year draws to a close. Thank you!

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Michelle Hughes

In addition to serving as Prelude Project Manager/"Content Queen," I've served in various roles as a church musician throughout in my life--Saint Paul Area Synod Youth Representative, Augsburg College Choir Alto Section Leader and Campus Ministry Leadership, National Lutheran Choir Member (during Larry Fleming's time), ELCA pastor (internship Gloria Dei Lutheran, Williston, ND, called to First Lutheran, Janesville, WI), Middle School Choir director and Worship/Praise Band Singer (United Lutheran, Red Wing, MN), occasional Sundays and Seasons contributor/Augsburg Fortress Gospel Devotional writer, and last but most significant vocation: mother to three young musicians--twin girls plus younger sister.

Prelude Development Update

You probably already know that Augsburg Fortress is dedicated to helping church musicians become more efficient and more effective in their ministry.

  • We run our series of biannual Music Clinics  across the country for the continuing education of the church musician – all  free of charge to attendees.
  • We recently started to record and post webinars on  music topics that can be viewed online anytime.
  • We provide helpful planning resources like the  online Music  Planning Calendar that provides a few lectionary-appropriate music options  for each week.

You probably also know that we are involved in the ongoing publication of new music for worship, and that we have been publishing high-quality worship music for almost a century.  Chances are, you have sung or played at least some Augsburg Fortress music in your own worship setting at some point.

So what’s next?

Right now, we are in the midst of development of a new web-based resource designed specifically for the church musician, Prelude Music Planner.  It will bring together a wealth of music, thoughtful commentary and ideas, and time-saving management tools to help effectively plan and prepare for each week. We will be providing periodic development updates as we get closer to launch.

What’s So Funny?

Prelude Music Planner, as you will see when we launch it fully in a few months, will be an amazing tool for the church musician. And part of the richness will be blog articles like the ones you see on this page. But we all know that a lot of fun can happen with music making as well. And so once a week, on Wednesdays when you may be ready for something light, we want to publish your humor. Heard a great music-related joke? (“How many altos . . .”) Remember when something hilarious happened at a rehearsal? Send ’em in! We’ll publish the ones that tickle our funny bone, and give you credit. Send them to Robert Farlee at farleer@augsburgfortress.org.