a set of five hymns from James written to accompany the introduction of
the Belhar Confession to Reformed Churches on the North American
continent. This Confession was ratified as a standard of faith for
the Reformed Church in America on June 8. 2009 at its General Synod in
Reflecting the church's need to involve young children in worship, this
is a collection of songs developed to tell Biblical stories in a format
easily understood and mimicked by younger worshipers. The vocal
range is deliberately narrow and accompaniments kept simple so that
older girls and boys may take the lead with their younger siblings or
Written as a primer for middle school through adult choirs or classes
learning to sing at sight, Learning to Sing begins
with introductions to rudimentary musical symbols and guides the student through more
and more complex rhythms and intervals, using a corpus of hymn tunes
from many traditions. The book includes explanations of
basic music theory and ultimately introduces four part singing.
It emphasizes ear training and intonation, encouraging singers to
rely on their own inner hearing rather than on external instruments
for key centers and correct tuning.
Kathleen's first collection of hymn tunes, from her earliest to the most
recent, comprise this volume. Many of the melodies are in
traditional meters, usable with older extant texts, but have been
written for newer texts, especially those of her husband James and her
own. Each piece is accompanied by notes on its creation.
Projected release in
Fall of 2009.