Music

Hymn Singing

– by Barth Fraker, Director of Traditional MusicI grew up in a family that often centered our gatherings around hymn singing. On Saturday nights, family and friends would gather in the living room of my grandparents’ home, standing room only. We would pull out the songbooks, shout out a number, and start singing. When I say singing… I mean SANGING! All verses and all parts....

The Art of Songwriting

Over the years, I’ve had people come up and ask me how I write songs. I’ll get questions like, “How long does it take you to write a song?” Or, “What do you write first, the music or the lyrics?” The beautiful thing about songwriting is that the process isn’t predictable; not for me, anyway. There is no singular way to craft a song....

A History of Harmonies

Some say Springfield is a big city and a small town all rolled into one. Everywhere you go there is a connection – this...

Love Descending: A Christmas Cantata

Sunday, December 18, at 9 and 10:30 am, the Schweitzer Choir, along with several guest instrumentalists, will share the story of Christmas through song...