This course is designed to help clergy and lay worship leaders develop their musicianship and is intended primarily for folks with limited musical experience. Through vocal master classes, exploration of hymn tunes, meters, texts, and a wide range of congregational song, participants will increase their confidence in planning music for worship and leading congregational song. Class goals: 1) Participants will improve whatever vocal and musical skills are appropriate to their own ways of worshiping (chanting, psalmody, call-and-response, etc.); 2) They will develop confidence with musical as well as textual insight in hymn selection; and 3) Understanding, collaboration, and communication between clergy, lay leaders, and church musicians will be strengthened.
Instructor: Patrick Evans is Associate Professor in the Practice of Sacred Music at the Institute of Sacred Music and Yale Divinity School. As Director of Music for the daily ecumenical worship in Marquand Chapel, he works with the Dean of Chapel, student chapel ministers and musicians, and a wide range of students, faculty, and guests from varied denominational backgrounds and musical traditions. He was previously associate professor of music at the University of Delaware, where he chaired the voice faculty and directed the opera program, and has served on the faculties of the Montreat and Westminster Conferences on Music and Worship, and as Director of Music for Seattle University’s 2007 Summer Institute for Liturgy and Worship.