Authors: Tammy-Jo Mortensen


April 15, 2021

Indigenous Composers National Indigenous History Month is in June, and if you wish to focus on Indigenous hymns and compositions by Indigenous song-makers or song-creators in June and throughout the year, here are some resources below. Recently, in sessions she led for the newly formed Bridge Choral Collective, Sherryl Sewepagaham...

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Tammy-Jo Mortensen
Sherryl Sewepagaham
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February 15, 2021

Privilege. That word is so loaded with meaning these days. The Oxford English Dictionary defines the word several ways, including these: first, “A special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group,” and second, “Something regarded as a special honour.” I think our role...

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November 15, 2020

Emotions. We know that music is a conduit for emotions; it can both express and arouse them, including feelings of joy, sorrow, fear, trust, and sometimes even anger. The psalms—songs themselves—are categorized by type, and several types are based on emotions: lament, adoration, and thanksgiving. Music, and the emotion that...

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June 15, 2020

The eighth commandment, “You shall not steal,” inspired the hymn text “We will not take what is not ours,” penned by Graham Maule (1958–2019) of the Iona Community (Wild Goose Resource Group). The tune is called 8th Commandment and was written by Iona’s John Bell. This was one of the...

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Tammy-Jo Mortensen
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Anger
Law
Music and Singing
Worship Column
April 15, 2020

Summertime… Fewer rehearsals, more unscheduled time, holidays, time for creativity. Summer is always a great time to do some planning for the next year for your choir, instrumental ensembles, or handbell choir. So how do you pick music? How do you plan with your ministry team? How much do you...

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Tammy-Jo Mortensen
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April 15, 2020

World Refugee Day, June 20, is an international observance dedicated to raising awareness of the situation of refugees throughout the world. To learn more about the plight of millions of refugees and the extent of the crisis affecting them, visit the United Nations Refugee Agency. Many communities may wish to include one or more...

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Tammy-Jo Mortensen
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Refugees; Refugee Justice
World
Spark
April 15, 2020

Psalms are an important component of reading scripture in worship. There are many ways to use the psalms set to music. In Christine Gladu’s article “The Psalms: Jesus’ Prayer Book” (Gathering Lent/Easter 2020), she summarized much of the history of psalms, so please refer to that article for background. Here...

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Tammy-Jo Mortensen
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February 15, 2020

Do you use music to facilitate confession throughout the year? Or do you only use congregational music for confession during Lent? Is confession an opportunity to incorporate new music into your context? It seems to me that there are several ways to include music in this portion of the liturgy...

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Tammy-Jo Mortensen
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November 15, 2019

Have you ever needed a piece of music or needed to arrange or edit a piece but were not able to write it all out because of time constraints or the complexity of the music? ScanScore might be a useful tool. You can scan, play, and edit your sheet music...

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Tammy-Jo Mortensen
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Music and Singing
Worship Column
November 15, 2019

I love hearing people’s stories—listening to a United Church Women (UCW) elder tell me about growing up, hearing from a chorister who has come to recognize the power of song in their lives, being entranced by a child telling me about events of their day, absorbing biblical stories over and...

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