Greetings in the name of the Lord!
I am a student of the Scriptures — New Testament in particular — who also maintains a deep love for the praise of God through music in the church. I aim in this blog to track my ruminations and research about church music, both practical and philosophical, and to share resources for others’ use in their own churches. I was setting forth these sorts of music-related items in my other blog, Orchard Keeper, and thought it would be helpful to have a dedicated blog for such posts. Hence Jubilate Deo.
I have the privilege at the present time of overseeing the music and leading the singing in my local church; this brings me great joy, and provides me a God-ordained outlet for my musical energies. I do not have a degree in a music-related field, but I have taken several classes covering choral conducting, songleading, music history, and the like. The Lord has provided the informal music training that I do have by means of serving in music-related areas in the church since high school — some 25 years now — as a vocalist, choir member, choir director, and congregational songleader. In addition to serving as a member — and for a time as an assistant pastor — in various local churches, I also had the privilege of traveling during my college years to many churches throughout the United States and Canada as part of a vocal ensemble.
In my philosophy and selection of church music, I am conservative. I can’ t say it nearly as well as he does, but my friend Scott Aniol expresses what is essentially my own music philosophy through various articles on the website of his Religious Affections Ministries, which articles I would commend to your reading.
I hunger to see both in my own church and beyond my own church an increased appreciation for the great historic music of the church in which theologically rich texts are wedded to music which provides an appropriate setting for those texts, and through which our affections are turned toward God. I also am eager to see new contributions to the rich heritage of Christian music which share in the same characteristics.