Richmond Conference of the Association of Anglican Musicians

Shall We Re-Gather At The River? Conference Highlights The Rev. A. Katherine Grieb, Ph.D. Conference Preacher The Rev. Dr. A. Katherine Grieb has taught New Testament at Virginia Theological Seminary since 1994. She is currently the Meade Professor in Biblical Interpretation. Previously, she taught for two years at Bangor Theological Seminary in Maine. She received her …
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Longing for Shalom: Musical Lament in the Christian Imagination

Explore how lament deepens and enriches the Christian longing for shalom, God’s setting right of the world. Together we’ll study various artists who have utilized the biblical categories of shalom and lament to develop a complex language of grief and lamentation—particularly through music. Discover the centrality of hope in these artistic responses, hope that emerges …
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Black Gospel Music–Not for credit

This course studies the black gospel tradition, focusing on the genre’s distinctive combination of sound and belief. Music, movement, and conviction, the three expressions gospel holds together, will be explored through three interpretive lenses: exemplary performers, pivotal periods, and formal processes. This week’s work will bring material and approaches from the fields of musicology, music …
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Bach’s Passions and Oratorios: The Life of Christ from a Composer’s Perspective–Not for credit

Johann Sebastian Bach not only composed his two famous passions but he also created large scale oratorios for Christmas, Easter, and ascension day over a span of little more than ten years. This particularly prolific period came at a later point in the composer’s career and coincides with Bach’s increasing interest in and consumption of …
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Retreat: Intro to Sacred music of the Abrahamic faiths for Resilience and Soothing Uncertainty

Experience introspective and ecstatic practices of three ancient spiritual paths: Kabbalistic-Judaism, Early Contemplative Christianity and Sufi-Islam. This unique experiential seminar will journey deep into sacred music chanting, and spiritual mindfulness practices, drawing from the hidden wisdom of the traditions of the Near East. These practices result in heart opening, increased compassion, deepening of inner explorations, …
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Creating Worship that Works

This course will explore principles and best practices for designing worship that works. The full breadth of the Book of Common Prayer, Enriching Our Worship, The Hymnal 1982, Lift Every Voice and Sing II, Wonder, Love, and Praise, and other liturgical and musical supplements will be discussed. The topics covered include the liturgical year, the …
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Theologies and Practices of Music in Christian Worship

Music often has a central place in Christian worship, whether in the form of guitar by the campfire, pipe organ and choir, rhythmic drumming, acapella congregational singing, gentle piano accompaniment, chant, or amplified band, among many other possibilities. This course explores a diversity of expressions of music in worship from theological, historical, and practical perspectives. …
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