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Coming Up This Summer

Coming Up This Summer

Fresh resources on Christianity and music are coming your way this summer! 

First up, a new about page. Then throughout the month (starting tomorrow!) I’m posting about: 

  • one of my favorite books on music in the early Church
  • the history of acoustics in American church buildings
  • differences between pipe organs and electronic organs (and why those differences might matter for congregants)

I'm capping off the month with a two-week series on music in fundamentalist Christianity including several profiles of composers I interviewed during my doctoral research.

In July, I'll have a series on authenticity—what it means to church musicians, how they/we strive to convey authenticity in their music (or not!). This series ties into a presentation I'm giving at the biennial Christian Congregational Music Conference in Oxford, England.  

In August, I'm thinking through this problem: can composers convey specific aspects of their faith in untexted music? Right now I'm thinking no, but maybe someone can convince me otherwise.

This summer I’m also launching a monthly newsletter with updates on my research, a peak into my bookshelf, and some of the funny, but slightly off-topic things I find as I prepare blog posts (e.g. this description of “Breathe on Me, Breath of God").

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