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Association of Anglican Musicians urges adherence to COVID-19 guidelines

A press release from the Association of Anglican Musicians “strongly urges AAM members to follow all directives as set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( for slowing the spread of COVID-19. Social distancing and self- quarantining are appropriate and will necessitate the alteration of plans for rehearsals, performances, and liturgies.”

The Association President, Marty Wheeler Burnett, noted that the statement was necessary because

some members report being required to work in settings where CDC guidelines are […]

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In praise of sacred choral music

Muhly describes the difference between sitting to receive the music in concert, and standing for the anthems of Evensong in St Paul’s Cathedral: “You’d be amazed how the body perceives musical detail when standing up.”

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Theology of Music

I listen to music all the time, but the music that I keep coming back to, and that matters most to me, is the music of the church. Why does it matter? It matters because it opens a door for us to experience God on many levels, and speaks to us in ways that are too deep for words.

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Leaked Grantchester Easter special reveals a surprise guest!

Get ready for a special Easter episode of Grantchester! Featuring the Pope, Peeps®!, and a debate about the future of organ music in worship, this episode seems hand-tailored to appeal to fans of the Episcopal Cafe.
Do you think it’s part of the regular continuity, or a silly one-off?

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Dakota hymn sing helps keep language alive

The South Dakota Capital Journal reports on a monthly hymn sing that helps keep Dakota language alive:

…recently, for Native Americans who grew up speaking and hearing the Dakota language of the eastern Sioux tribes spoken, St. Peter’s is also a red door back into that crucial part of their culture. It’s at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Fort Pierre that people with connections to the Dakota language are meeting once a month for what organizer Mary Ashley calls “Dakota Sing” and […]

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Dionisio A. Lind, Carillonneur, profiled in NY Times

Dinisio Lind, carillonneur at the Riverside Church of New York City, is the subject of a beautifully photographed profile from the weekend NY Times. Lind is an active 84 year old who easily clambers over the catwalks and ladders between his 21st floor office and the still higher cabinet where he plays.

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Ascension Day: blessing the City of Oxford

A choir and a priest climbed the tower of St John the Evangelist Church in the Iffley Road to offer prayers for the Ascension of the Lord, and to bless the congregation gathered on the lawn, and the City of Oxford.

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