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Presbyterian Association of Musicians (PAM) Program Year Events


Singing the New Song: Global Music in Our Midst
Saturday, October 26, 8:30 AM-12:30 PM
Sewickley Presbyterian Church

This workshop will look at particular qualities of African, Asian, and Latin American song that are rooted in a cappella singing. Participants will learn elements of each culture's music focusing on the priority of melody, harmony or rhythm as the song's basic building block. Understanding a song's use in its original culture and unique theological perspectives will aid participants in choosing how to adapt and lead a global song to their own context. In doing this, Dr. Brugh involves the participants with singing and playing of the many different kinds of instruments. She will be using Glory to God as a main resource for the workshops. Email Barbara McKelway or call her at 412-366-4513 for more information.

Lorraine S. Brugh, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Chapel Music at Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana. She is University Organist and the Frederick J. Kruse Endowed Chair in Church Music. Dr. Brugh is the director of the Kantorei, and teaches organ and church music. Dr. Brugh helped lead the development of the ELCA’s Evangelical Lutheran Worship and is co-author of The Sunday Assembly, published in 2008 to help church leaders incorporate the hymnal’s materials into worship services. She has been involved in the development of Lutheran music and worship practices for many years and in July 2010 became president of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians. She serves as executive director of the University’s Institute of Liturgical Studies, which annually brings church leaders across the country together to study and reflect upon worship practices.


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