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GloryBe TV Mass videos at YouTube

I like this collection of Spanish and English Mass videos posted under the YouTube channel GloryBe TV:

Here is a sample video – the sung Padre Nuestro (Our Father) from Misa Rosas del Tepayac. 

How I Discovered A Marian Pentecost Hymn


An article by Nick Alexander

As a worship podcaster, I am constantly looking for “new” old songs and hymns, that can combine my love of music with my devotion.  This past month, I came across an extremely rare epic hymn by Frederick Faber, a 19th century convert best known for “Faith of Our Fathers.”

Pentecost Worship podcast by Nick Alexander

This is a podcast by Nick Alexander. – Richard Schletty, TCS admin

The Prayer Meeting Podcast is a worship podcast where you are invited to sing, play along, or just listen. Music notation of these songs will be made available. This week’s episode is an extended worship jam based on the songs of Pentecost. Many of these songs were based upon a detailed survey that many of you answered. READ FULL STORY •••

How Great Thou Art

I sang "How Great Thou Art" at a funeral at Saint Matthew's Church. Watch this YouTube video recorded with my iPhone.  READ FULL STORY •••

I Dropped CCLI (Christian Copyright Licensing Inc)

An article by Nick Alexander

For almost two decades, I have been a responsible itinerant church musician, worship leader, and songwriter.  Part of that equation has always been attaining a license to Christian Copyright Licensing Inc. (CCLI for short)... 

When I was first getting started playing for different groups, such as parishes, youth rallies, prayer groups, young adult groups, healing masses, etc., I always had my CCLI license to ensure that the songs I had covered had been legally protected. I would insist that if you are in this boat, you, too, must comply and be ensured that your status is active.

However, the last eighteen months I have been helming the Prayer Meeting Podcast, it was decided early on that I had to forgo the vast majority of worship songs in my repertoire. This is because CCLI does not offer an option to use their songs in a podcast format. (Except that they do: they require that the songs themselves be sung live in the context of an actual worship service). Due to the constraints of my setup (my studio can only fit one person, maybe two), that was simply not going to happen... READ FULL STORY •••

Music planning links by publisher

I found this helpful summary of music planning guides at the Diocese of Lafayette in Indiana. I updated some outdated links.

Music planning links by publisher

Publisher Link Fee
Liturgical Press Quarterly planner/weekly suggestions free
GIA - weekly suggestions
Note 3 options at right

Seasonal planning options - scroll to "Quicklinks" on site free
Choral music weekly suggestions free - comprehensive liturgical planning site see site for details
GIA Quarterly - planning magazine see site for details
OCP Ritual music planning suggestions (wedding, funeral, etc.) free
Today's Liturgy - planning magazine (paper and electronic) see site for details - comprehensive liturgical planning site
Free online planning guide: Planner
WLP AIM - planning magazine (paper or electronic) see site for details

Learn how to notate with Sibelius 6. Engrave pro-looking sheet music.

My friend and music associate, André van Haren, has posted a complete series of instructional videos for Sibelius 6, an awesome music notation program. If anyone has thought about learning to engrave professional looking sheet music, this is your quick start! – Richard Schletty

André recently posted this overview of "object checking" – a summary of several videos posted here in the Forums and at YouTube. Please watch and comment. See complete list of Sibelius 6 tips in the TCS Forums.

Sibelius Quick Tip 25 - Object Check part 6 - overview

In this 6th part of the series titled "Object Check," I show you how I check a couple of pages for all the things I talked about in the other videos of this "Object Check" series. This time it's more doing than talking! 

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And if you need a Sibelius 6 tip about something that you have problems with, please let me know and I will dive in it right away!

André van Haren

Gothenburg, Sweden

See complete list of Sibelius 6 tips in the TCS Forums


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