If you’re anything like me, you’re staring at the calendar wondering where the summer went – wasn’t it June just last week? But when I look at the hymnals, anthems, notebooks, and sticky notes all around me in my office (that I had so enthusiastically and naively promised myself I would keep tidy from day one!), I realize that September is just days away. I am excited to be starting our music season in just a few weeks, and while I am keeping many of the beloved traditions, I am also looking forward to introducing a few new things. Favorites like Lessons & Carols, all choirs, and our LCOS music series are staying – don’t you worry!
A new musical addition this year will be the music of Taizé, which some of you may have heard me talk about. I am lucky to be flying to Taizé with the support of LCOS at the end of August. The Taizé Community is an ecumenical Christian monastic fraternity in Taizé, France, and I will be spending a week with other young adults from around the world learning about music, faith, and environmental issues. Most Taizé songs are very brief, beautiful, and are learned by rote (no need to be able to read music!), and then are repeated several times (with added singers or instrumentalists) as a meditative prayer.
We will also be expanding our choral repertoire as we will be adding a seasonal young adults choir (contact me if you are interested!) as well as incorporating more contemporary music for our younger choirs. And a few more things you’ll be hearing about in the next Messenger – but if you don’t want to wait, feel free to just come say hi and ask me questions any time!
Pauline Worusski – Director of Music