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").