Thursday, January 03, 2008

United Theological Seminary sponsors free workshop on church music on Jan. 13

Arthur Clyde

A participatory workshop and hymn sing entitled Hymns, Psalms, and Spiritual Songs led by Arthur Clyde will be held on Sunday, Jan. 13, from 3:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 230 E Skyline Pkwy, in Duluth. The workshop will include the singing of a wide variety of representative hymns from various times and cultures, along with hymn stories, reflections on church music in changing times, and time for discussion. The experience is designed to be of interest to choir singers, church music leaders, pastors, and all who love hymnody. The event is sponsored by United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. It is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served following.

Arthur Clyde is well known as a workshop leader, worship consultant, composer, and conductor. While serving on the national staff of the United Church of Christ, he edited the denomination’s New Century Hymnal, highly praised for its musical integrity and use of inclusive language. He also co-edited a complete psalter with Burton H. Throckmorton. Clyde’s workshop offerings range from worship vitality to discussions on contemporary and traditional music in worship. He has a great interest in global music, reflected in the hymnal that he edited and in his presentations.

Clyde will also be teaching a United Theological Seminary spring 2008 class in Duluth entitled Music in Worship, which will comprise four weekend sessions. For more information about either the January 13 workshop or the class, contact Ann Nordgren, United’s Duluth Program Coordinator, 218-525-3136,