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jan kraybill principal organist for community of christ and the dome and spire organ foundation
Jan Kraybill

Principal Organist for Community of Christ

and the Dome and Spire Organ Foundation

Beyond the Horizon: New Musical Opportunities

slide3

Hymns of the Saints – 1981

    • Primarily 4-part European-heritage hymnody
    • Title reflects content
    • Four supplements stretched stylistic boundaries
  • Community of Christ Sings
    • Stylistically wider range, but still plenty of part-singing
    • Title reflects content
slide4

CCS has much to offer, contains much to learn

    • Languages
    • Styles
    • Instruments
    • Concepts
  • Challenge: creatively embrace the chance to learn
  • Reward: musical and spiritual renewal, and wider sense of community
slide5

Bottom LineCommunity of Christ Sings will help the church stretch and grow theologically.Shouldn’t it also help us stretch and grow musically?

slide7

“A characteristic of a good leader is never to doubt the capacity of the people he’s leading to realize whatever he’s dreaming.”

    • Benjamin Zander, conductor of Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and Youth Orchestra, co-author of The Art of Possibility
    • “My job is to awaken the possibility in other people.”
    • Definition of success
slide8

Fall in love with words and poetry

    • Ancient forms
    • Stanza forms
    • Song forms
    • Visual and aural beauty of words in unfamiliar languages
    • Concepts, stories, and images used for God, humanity, community, faith, etc., etc., etc.
slide9

Research the story behind the music

    • Personal contacts
    • Hymnary.org
    • Hymnals by single authors
    • Books
    • Web searches

Use this to inform your preparation and playing/singing, and share it with those you lead

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Printed page is just shorthand – like notes for a sermon. Find good aural models to follow.

    • Personal network
    • Conferences
    • CCS Audio Recording product
    • Other recordings
    • YouTube and other web-based archives
slide11

Join networks of musicians to learn from and inspire each other

    • Dome and Spire Organ Foundation
    • Piano Club
    • The Hymn Society in the U.S. and Canada
    • The American Guild of Organists
    • Choristers’ Guild
slide12

“Translate”

    • What can we do?
    • What speaks to us?
    • What’s needed for success?
slide13

Be open – embrace the opportunity to be a beginner

    • New instruments
    • New languages
    • New ways of doing things
    • Guided mastery – self efficacy
    • Patience
    • Create a community of unselfconscious beginners who learn and rejoice together
slide14

Look for your next horizon

    • Theological umbrella
    • Vocative particle
    • O MOTU: audio, technological, Finale, database
    • Guitarists’ community, guitar chords
    • Guitar playing
slide16
It’s a journeyYou are not aloneYou will not be perfect the first timeDifferent ≠ DifficultHave fun!