Musical Messages

Friday, August 21, 2020

Musical Reflection by Kirsten Homdrom, Associate Director of Music - Psalm 138: 1-3 “I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise; I bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness; for you have exalted your name and your word above everything. On the day I called, you answered me, you increased my strength of soul.” with Ouverture from Partita in D Major, BWV 828 by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750).

Friday, August 7, 2020

Children’s Choir and Youth Choir registration for 2020-2021 is now open. Choir will look different this year, but will offer the same engaging experience in an online format. Please contact Kelly Gold, Director of Children’s and Youth Music with any questions. To find out more and to register visit:

Find Details and Register for Children's Choir 
Find Details and Register for Youth Choir

Meet our new Associate Director of Music and Worship Arts: Eric Nanz

Please join us in welcoming Eric Nanz to the WMPC staff as our new Associate Director of Music and Worship Arts. Eric will join us in September.

Eric is an accomplished guitarist, vocalist, worship leader and songwriter. He holds a degree in music from James Madison University and has been playing music for over 20 years. He enjoys leading music for worship, conferences, camps, youth rallies and retreats. Eric’s hobbies include cross training, spending time with family and driving around in his 1967 Camaro. Eric is relocating to Raleigh with his wife Alana and daughter Amelia from Fort Myers, Florida, where Eric has served at Covenant Presbyterian Church since 2014. Eric will lead the OnPoint House Band, Youth Band, and serve as the staff liaison to the Liturgical Arts Guild. He will also interface with the broader music ministry of the church in collaborating with other ensembles and age groups, assisting in midweek services, and other programs sharing his rich and diverse talents.

The search committee consisted of: Co-chairs Duval Fisher and Mabel Pace, Emily Bowen, Betsy Reede Creech, John Crumpler, Amelia Mehr and Rahn Sutton. Ex-officio were Christopher Edmonston and Karl Zinsmeister.

 

Save the Date

 

Sunday, September 20
3:00 Virtual from Edinburgh Building Main Hall
Concert will be available on Facebook Live

An Oboist’s Journey
Joseph Robinson, oboe
with Mary Kay Robinson, violin
Find more here.

Sunday, October 25
3:00 Virtual from the Sanctuary
Concert will be live streamed and available on Facebook Live

Organ Sonatas, Op.65
by Felix Mendelssohn
featuring Karl Zinsmeister and Kirsten Homdrom
Find more here.

Tuesday, July 27, 2020

Enjoy a Live streamed virtual hymn sing from Tuesday, July 28.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Musical Reflection - Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” with Prayer, Op. 31 No. 25 by Charles-Valentin Alkan (1813-1888)

Friday, July 17, 2020

Behind the Console Episode 6 - In the final episode of Behind the Console, Kirsten Homdrom discusses descants and modulations, and how to use them effectively in hymn playing.

Friday, July 10, 2020

Behind the Console Episode 5 - Karl Zinsmeister demonstrates examples of hymn accompaniments inspired by words and images in the text.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Behind the Console Episode 4 - Kirsten Homdrom demonstrates different published musical resources for hymn playing and how she chooses what to use and how to use it.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Behind the Console Episode 3 - Karl Zinsmeister demonstrates how the organ can help teach a new or unfamiliar song.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Behind the Console Episode 2 - Kirsten Homdrom explains the steps organists use when preparing a hymn for use in worship.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Enjoy this virtual hymn sing with Karl Zinsmeister on the organ and Kelly Gold singing.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Behind the Console Episode 1 - Karl Zinsmeister explains the various resources of our sanctuary organ. Future episodes will explore how those resources enable the accompaniment and interpretation of congregational hymns.

Friday, June 5, 2020

Recorded for Sanctuary worship on February 2, 2020, “Prayer for Peace” by David Cherwien has a powerful message for us today. “O God of love, O King of peace, make wars throughout the world to cease; the wrath of nations now restrain. Give peace, O God, give peace again. Remember, Lord, thy works of old, the wonders that thy people told; remember not our sin’s dark stain. Whom shall we trust but thee, O Lord? Where rest but on thy faithful word? None ever called on thee in vain.”

Friday, May 29, 2020

As a way to acknowledge a season of music unfinished we present this video as a celebration of what the WMPC Youth Choir has accomplished and to acknowledge this “pause” from singing together. We look forward with hope and the promise of a new season ahead.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Harpist Anita Burroughs-Price shares her own arrangements of inspiring hymn tunes for solo harp in communities throughout the Triangle. We are privileged to have had her record some of these beautiful arrangements in our Chapel and Memorial Garden.

This is her arrangement of Be Thou My Vision.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Kirsten Homdrom plays the final movement of Felix Mendelssohn's Organ Sonata in f minor, a joyous and triumphant piece for this season of Eastertide.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Harpist Anita Burroughs-Price shares her own arrangements of inspiring hymn tunes for solo harp in communities throughout the Triangle. We are privileged to have had her record some of these beautiful arrangements in our Chapel and Memorial Garden.

This is her arrangement of Let Us Break Bread.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

The Schmidt Family recently performed small concerts in front of their house for their neighbors. Over the next couple of weeks we will be sharing excerpts from some of their performances. Here is their performance of “What A Fellowship.” The Schmidt Family: Bill (guitar) and Georgia (violin), parents; Emily and Thomas (violins).

Friday, May 8, 2020

Johann Sebastian Bach signed his music with SDG - Soli Deo Gloria (Glory to God alone) - in addition to his own name. Here, Kirsten Homdrom shares the Allemande from Bach's French Suite No. 5 in G Major, BWV 816.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Harpist Anita Burroughs-Price shares her own arrangements of inspiring hymn tunes for solo harp in communities throughout the Triangle. We are privileged to have had her record some of these beautiful arrangements in our Chapel and Memorial Garden.

This is her arrangement of Simple Gifts.

Monday, May 4, 2020

The Schmidt Family recently performed small concerts in front of their house for their neighbors. Over the next couple of weeks we will be sharing excerpts from some of their performances. Here is their performance of “Be Thou My Vision.” The Schmidt Family: Bill (guitar) and Georgia (violin), parents; Emily and Thomas (violins).

Friday, May 1, 2020

The Schmidt Family recently performed small concerts in front of their house for their neighbors. Over the next couple of weeks we will be sharing excerpts from some of their performances. The first is “This Little Light.” The Schmidt Family: Bill (guitar) and Georgia (violin), parents; Emily and Thomas (violins).

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Harpist Anita Burroughs-Price shares her own arrangements of inspiring hymn tunes for solo harp in communities throughout the Triangle. We are privileged to have had her record some of these beautiful arrangements in our Chapel and Memorial Garden.

This is her arrangement of Come Thou Font of Every Blessing.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Harpist Anita Burroughs-Price shares her own arrangements of inspiring hymn tunes for solo harp in communities throughout the Triangle. We are privileged to have had her record some of these beautiful arrangements in our Chapel and Memorial Garden.

This is her arrangement of Dona Nobis Pacem.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Harpist Anita Burroughs-Price shares her own arrangements of inspiring hymn tunes for solo harp in communities throughout the Triangle. We are privileged to have had her record some of these beautiful arrangements in our Chapel and Memorial Garden.

This is her arrangement of Amazing Grace.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Harpist Anita Burroughs-Price shares her own arrangements of inspiring hymn tunes for solo harp in communities throughout the Triangle. We are privileged to have had her record some of these beautiful arrangements in our Chapel and Memorial Garden.

This is her arrangement of The Strife is O’er, the Battle Done.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Harpist Anita Burroughs-Price shares her own arrangements of inspiring hymn tunes for solo harp in communities throughout the Triangle. We are privileged to have had her record some of these beautiful arrangements in our Chapel and Memorial Garden.

This is her arrangement of Ode To Joy.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Stay with me; remain here with me; watch and pray.

Director of Music Karl Zinsmeister and members of the WMPC Adult Choir sing Stay With Me.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Live in charity and steadlfast love; live in charity; God will dwell with you. Ubi caritas et amor, ubi caritas Deus ibi est.

Director of Music Karl Zinsmeister and members of the WMPC Adult Choirs sing Ubi Caritas, Glory to God Hymn 805..

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Director of Music Karl Zinsmeister and members of the WMPC Adult Choir sing In the Lord I'll Be Ever Thankful.

Monday, April 6, 2020

Director of Music Karl Zinsmeister and members of the WMPC Adult Choir sing Oh Lord Hear My Prayer.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Who at my door is standing, there patiently drawing near, who entrance is demanding? Whose is the voice I hear? Sweetly the tones are falling: “Now open the door for me! If thou wilt heed my calling, I will abide with thee.” Within, the rooms are darkened, all filled with dust and sin; how shameful, how unworthy for Christ to enter in. Yet, the tones are falling: “Now open the door for me! If thou wilt heed my calling, I will abide with thee.” Door of my heart, I hasten! Thee will I open wide. Though he rebuke and chasten, he shall with me abide. Sweetly the tones are falling: “Now open the door for me!” Lord God, I hear thee calling, “Come now, abide with me.” (music by K. Lee Scott)

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

The King of Love, Glory to God hymn number 802.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Associate Director of Music Kirsten Homdrom shares a piano piece by Robert Schumann, Op. 133 No. 1.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Lamb of God most holy! Who on the cross didst suffer, patient still and lowly, Thyself to scorn didst offer; Our sins by Thee were taken, or hope had us forsaken: Have mercy on us, O Jesu.

Psalm 23 has inspired countless musical settings. English composer Gordon Jacob created a tune to sing the psalm; it is named BROTHER JAMES’S AIR. Here is an arrangement of that tune by American organist, composer and church musician, Searle Wright (1918-2004).