Showing posts from March, 2007

Doing the work

I talked last weekend about vision, future, ideas.. Today I read a blog post from a prayer group I regularly participate in and I was struck by its reality. How often do we get caught up in the flash, and compromise the work. With relationships, with committments, family, church, school, etc.. The list goes on and on. We need to trust and leap on faith, but not act foolishly.

For Tracee and I with Da Capo, and for the staff and faculty, it is time to do the "work". In the end, that is what makes the difference.

I attended a lecture last night presented at the Modlin Center of U of R by Michael Keiser, Executive Director of the Kennedy Center. His words of wisdom for Art managers:
1. Never compromise your Artistic initiative.. invest here...
2. Must have a strategy for marketing and growth...not to just stay alive
3. Invest in marketing.. institutional and programmatic.
4. Support arts education, our culture is desperate for it. Do the "work" with the children.

Carpe …

Look to the future

Below is the outline and references I used in my Sunday School lesson on Sunday 3/25

Focus on the future… God is here, today, now, tomorrow and forever

Discuss... Bad/Horrible experience from the past… holocaust, suffering, lack of control

Isaiah 43: 16-22 Where we have come from?
Bible is full of pain and suffering, people of God suffered and continue to suffer..
Exile Jeremiah 29 – 4-14

Salvation/Paradise is not about no work, it is about what you work for, what is the goal…Genesis 2:15

Joshua 24: 11-18 The choice before us…
Choices we make
Other idols
Our plans, God’s plans… discernment is key.. how do we do that? Pastor gave us the answer last week in his sermon.. quiet time, prayer… Was your week different this week from previous ones?

Jeremiah 33:3-6 Promise for the future…
Do we ask for help?
Who do you rely on?

Romans 8:36-39: more than conquerors…
Do you feel secure in Christ?
Saving Private Ryan… earn this. Correlate to sacrifice of Christ

Confidence in who you are and what you …

Dream to a nightmare

How often our dreams can turn into nightmares. I watched a special on Discovery on the "Liberace of Baghdad and I was struck by the comment.. "it was a dream, and now we are living a nightmare" I wonder if this is a function of attempting to control too much with our own capabilities. This artist lives in fear, every day. he leaves his house with a weapon. We are so privileged in our world... I don't know what to say about it.

Hearts and Minds

We have heard a great deal in the past few years about "winning the hearts and minds" of the people of Iraq, Afganistan, etc. As I drove into work this morning I thought about this in the context of ministry and the music of the Da Capo Institute. How exactly do you do this? I guess the answer to that is truly the question.

As a classical musician, I think that maybe we sometimes lose the right focus on reaching our audience's hearts AND minds. I wonder if we continually approach both. Maybe I am referring to my own up and down approach to the discipline necessary to use my music effectively...I tend to plan towards the heart, others often focus on the mind. To be successful, we must have both and we must find a way to make music elite, but never elitist.

Last year's key note sermon at the Lasker Summer Music festival addressed some of this as Dr. David Adkins eloquently addressed the integration of art and faith. Click here to read a transcript of his words.

Group Vocal Technique

Dr. Miller provided a framework for all of us "choral conductors". I have done a lot with vowel modification and placement exercises in my singing and conducting career, but I was impressed with the elegance of his teaching presentation and ease of understanding.

Westminster Choir in Richmond

Stunned, Inspired, Refreshed, Renewed, Excited, Intimidated, Overwhelmed, Humbled...

On a cold, rainy Friday night here in Richmond, the exquisite Westminster choir demonstrated a level of choral excellence and musicianship that is rarely heard in our local churches and schools. These young musicians, after 11 hours on a bus, engulfed the dinner provided for them in a short time, and then proceeded to amaze and inspire the crowd of ~500 attendees. Their presentation of Raua needmine "Curse upon iron" by Estonian composer Veljo Tormis presented the primal essence of man, in war, as we hurl our iron upon the world. Its energy evoked deep emotions in my soul and the use of vocal symphonic effect was most effective. A WWII veteran spoke to me during the first intermission, after the first round of standing ovations, and said that he had never seen or heard a piece of music present such a profound example of the urgency, terror and confusion of a battlefield. Closing their co…