Good Arrangements of "Contemporary" choral music for Episcopal Church
Date: May 5, 2014
I am the Organist/Choir Director of an Episcopal Church that does fairly traditional music. We have an aging and diminishing congregation and change is necessary. Luckily, a new minister has been hired that has a more youthful outlook and will want music of a more contemporary feel to be included in the service, although he is relying on me to help him in that direction.
Our church uses the 1982 hymnal, along with the "Lift Every Voice and Sing (LEVAS)" hymnal. There is also an "Alleluyah" hymnal that is used for mid week services that I am not involved in. While these are good resources, I do think they are a bit dated and will not attract younger people, which is important.
I am looking for recommendations of good choral arrangements of (for lack of a better term!) "contemporary" sacred music in anthologies, hymnals, choral octavos that we can blend into the worship service. A good choral arrangement for me is one in which there is some attention to interesting voice leading, tastefully and properly realized accompaniements, and worthwhile text.
I know this is the age old debate about traditional vs contemporary music, which I really am not interested in re-igniting. I am interested in obtaining quality music to round out the worship service to help this church move forward and grow. Your recommendations of tried and true repertoire would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance!
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