The following article appeared in St. Andrew’s College Contact, Volume 26, Number 2, Spring 2017:
The halls of the college rang with singing, drums, hand bells, piano, flutes, accordion, and brass instruments on Saturday, May 6, as St. Andrew’s hosted the annual Music Matters conference of the United Church.
Participants from Nova Scotia to British Columbia joined a local crowd at plenary sessions and workshops devoted to helping United Church congregations sing. The evening featured a public hymn festival in the chapel where all of the hymns, taken from Voices United and More Voices, had a Saskatchewan connection.
The event formed the educational component of the annual meeting of Music United, an association that exists for the mutual encouragement and support of those who provide musical leadership at all levels of United Church worship. The group receives very modest funding from the national church.
The group chose its meeting date to coincide with the Saskatoon Theological Union convocation so attendees could provide musical leadership at the convocation service at Knox United Church. Along with offering an ensemble of talented instrumental and vocal musicians to accompany the hymns, Music United organized a pick-up choir to sing the anthem.
On Sunday, Music Matters participants joined the worship service at St. Paul’s United Church, Saskatoon.
Music United is a diverse association of people passionate about music in The United Church of Canada, Canada’s largest Protestant denomination. Musicians, clergy, laity, worship committee members – all are welcome to join us as we seek to further the cause of music within the church. Our mission statement:
Music United exists for the mutual encouragement and support of those who provide musical leadership in the worship of local congregations, presbyteries, conferences, and General Council of The United Church of Canada; and to do this by means of workshops, consultations, publications, and opportunities to work together for the greater glory of God.
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Seeking a Choral Director for Music Ministry
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My name is David Francois, and I hail from Cobourg, Ontario.
I am reaching out to choral groups across the country to share an exciting new project for this year’s Canada 150 celebrations. The O Canada Choir is a virtual choir and concert band performance of a new arrangement of O Canada. Individuals can download sheet music and mp3 accompaniment tracks from the website, and record themselves performing their own part. These individual performance videos will be combined into one grand performance for release on YouTube and other social media platforms. Please check out the introductory video and other links below.
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