Cantoring and Congregational Song
Saturday, November 11th
9:00 - 12:00 and 1:00 - 5:00
Sunday, November 12th
9:00 - 12:00
Instructor: Ann Phelps
Saturday Morning - Music and the Spirit
How does Music help us connect with the Spirit of God and enable us to join together as a community? In this workshop we will explore the basic ways that music connects to our emotions using time, space, memory, and language. We will sing together and listen to examples of the power of music in moving us to be our best selves while examining how this works and how it can be shared in community.
Saturday Afternoon - Liturgy and Tradition
What work do our rituals, traditions, and hymnody do in our individual and communal lives? In this workshop we will explore music and prayers from various strands of the western Christian liturgical tradition, exploring the ways these pieces impact our theology, which is to say our beliefs about God, self, and neighbor and behaviors that stem from these beliefs. We will sing together and listen to examples of these songs and words, and raise questions about what they can mean to the community gathered.
Sunday Morning - Practice and Participation
Workshop participants will have been invited ahead of time (but are not obligated) to help lead worship in a variety of roles. Those who would like to remain in the Chapel to continue with a contemplative, grassroots worship service that explores themes that emerged in the Saturday workshops are welcome to stay. Those who did not participate in Saturday's music and liturgy workshops are also invited to participate in this practice and the service is intended to be accessible to all, regardless of musical background or liturgical experience.
Ann Phelps has been working as a vocalist, liturgist, and community song leader since 2009 when she finished her graduate work at Yale Institute of Sacred Music. With an academic background in theology and the arts, her work explores the ways that we can recover lost voices from tradition to help us expand our current worship practices and open our theology by reengaging communal chant, contemplation, and meditative music. In addition, she is the cantor, liturgical coordinator, and group theology nerd for the Theodicy Jazz Collective, and ensemble that provides music leadership and theological reflection in communities such as Canterbury Cathedral, the National Cathedral, General Convention of the Episcopal Church, and dioceses and parishes from Los Angeles to London, Minnesota to Mississippi, exploring how jazz and gospel music can help the church understand its identity, thrive, and spread the radical gospel of justice and mercy in the twenty-first century. Her current research is examining sacred music from outside the Christian tradition and envisioning ways we might use the power of song to bring us together in an increasingly divided and globalizing world.