Join Rev. Donald Schell, AnnaMarie Hoos, Sylvia Miller-Mutia and Eric Choate for a one-day workshop at Pacific School of Religion! Drawing on oral forms of song leadership, the leaders will introduce ways of singing together that make transformative experiences of wholehearted engagement possible for people from across the spectrum of musical experience--from professional, trained musicians to folks who confess to mouthing the words to hymns for fear of being heard singing. Leaders and participants will learn together by doing as they sing, share stories and join in conversation about the power of music to bind us to one another and to God
Morning Session (9:00 AM-12:00 PM)
We’ll begin the day with a brief worship service planned by the workshop staff to demonstrate some of the ways that paperless music can be incorporated into liturgy. Afterwards we’ll make some observations about the qualities of that experience, and lay out goals and avenues of inquiry for the day. We’ll sing some more and talk about the various forms paperless songs can take (simple melody, call and response, round), and then engage in some exercises that will help us explore a language of gesture and set of tools participants will be able to draw from in developing their own music leadership practice.
Lunch will be available to workshop participants for $9.50 in the PSR refectory.
Afternoon Session (1:00-4:00 PM)
After lunch, we’ll spend time in practice groups taking turns leading and honing our skills. We’ll also spend some time investigating the practice of improvisation as a tool for creating opportunities for risk taking and growth in liturgy. We’ll conclude by making some more observations, pointing participants towards resources for developing repertoire and networks of support, and setting goals for ways to try incorporating paperless music in our own communities.
This workshop is being hosted by Pacific School of Religion and is open to all, free of charge. RSVP below!