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Ep. 3 How Singing Together Makes Us Better, with Brian Hehn

Psalms for the Spirit

Today's guest is Brian Hehn, the Director of The Center for Congregational Song with the Hymn Society in the United States and Canda. He is an accomplished song leader and musician, and has a huge heart for getting people to sing together. Here, he reflects on the power of singing to transform us into better people, and how not singing together through COVID has been difficult but may lead to some necessary shifts in our singing culture. Episode Notes:Brian refers to "Be Still and Know" by John L. Bell https://hymnary.org/tune/be_still_and_know_that_i_am_god_bellhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOcSzEmcQ08View Brian's Election Vigil here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3ER4yn9nhQCeltic Psalms (Kiran Young Wimberly and The McGraths) music can be found on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and YouTube. This episode features: Come, Spirit, Come (Psalm 144/The King's Shilling)O Give Thanks (Psalm 107/The Meeting of the Waters)My God, My God (Psalm 22/Paddy's Green Shamrock Shore)Notated music published by GIA can be found hereBrian's full bio: Brian is an inspiring song-leader equally comfortable leading an acapella singing of “It Is Well” as he is drumming and dancing to “Sizohamba Naye.” Experienced using a variety of genres and instrumentations, he has led worship for Baptists, Roman Catholics, United Methodists, Presbyterians, and many more across the U.S. and Canada. He received his Bachelor of Music Education from Wingate University, his Master of Sacred Music from Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, and is certified in children’s church music (K-12) by Choristers Guild. He has articles published on sacred music and congregational song in multiple journals and co-authored two books under the title “All Hands In” published by Choristers Guild. While working for The Hymn Society as the Director of The Center for Congregational Song he also serves as adjunct professor of church music at Wingate University in Wingate, North Carolina. Brian lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with his wife, Eve, and son, Jakob.

52mins

14 Feb 2021

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Music Ministry with Brian Hehn, on Music and the Church with Sarah Bereza Ep. 50

Music and the Church with Sarah Bereza

What does music ministry look like - sound like - right now? Whatever your answer, it's certainly different from what it would have been earlier this year. On this episode, Brian Hehn and I discuss leaning into our identities as music ministers, and why that focus is an important aspect of our work as church musicians all the time, not just right now.Brian Hehn is the Director of the Center for Congregational Song, a wing of the The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. He has also ministered as a church musician for many years.Enjoying this podcast episode? Click here to find other Music and the Church episodes, or subscribe to the show wherever you listen to podcasts.

32mins

26 May 2020

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Smack Some Trash with a Stick, with Brian Hehn

Choir Ninja, with Ryan Guth

You have permission to be weird. You have permission to be creative, take risks, and make mistakes. Still unsure? Brian Hehn tells you exactly how easy, cheap, and fun it can be to introduce percussion to your choir, and the reasons why you should. Listen for some creative ways to incorporate percussion into the elements of your worship service in ways that are engaging and organic.  [Subscribe on iTunes] [Subscribe on Android] Highlight to Tweet: “Hit a trash can with a stick. Does it sound kind of bassy? You’ve got your bass.” -Brian Hehn Show Notes: When learning a new percussion instrument, the 8 year old and the 80 year old are on equal ground. Any age can have fun with percussion. No money for instruments? Take some inspiration from “Stomp.” Check out your recyclables and trash cans for different percussive sounds! Go to Goodwill and start smacking things with a stick. Percussion can be: Body percussion Speech percussion Percussion instruments Anything that makes a fun sound when you strike it Think of ways to weave percussion creatively into your service. Add speech percussion to the scripture reading, or as a Call to a Prayer or Assurance of Pardon. Use rhythm to engage singers and get their attention at the beginning of rehearsal, and let that body percussion lead into you vocal warm ups. Percussion in the body as we sing Internalized Rhythm Body movement Bio: Brian is an inspiring song-leader equally comfortable leading an acapella singing of “It Is Well” as he is drumming and dancing to “Sizohamba Naye.” Experienced using a variety of genres and instrumentations, he has lead worship for Baptists, Roman Catholics, United Methodists, Presbyterians, and many more across the U.S. and Canada. He received his Bachelor of Music Education from Wingate University, his Master of Sacred Music from Perkins School of Theology of Southern Methodist University, and is certified in children's church music (K-12) by Choristers Guild. He has articles published on sacred music and congregational song in multiple journals and co-authored the book All Hands In: Drumming the Biblical Narrative, published by Choristers Guild. While working for The Hymn Society as the Director of The Center for Congregational Song, he is also adjunct professor of church music at both Wingate University in Wingate, North Carolina and Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, TX. Resources/links Mentioned: All Hands In: Drumming the Biblical Narrative, by Brian Hehn and Mark Burrows STOMP Choir Nation group on Facebook Email Patreon - Support the podcast! Sponsored by: Sight Reading Factory (Use promo code “NINJA” at checkout for 10 free student accounts!) My Music Folders (Use promo code “NINJA” at checkout for “last column” or best pricing - usually reserved for bulk purchases only!)

28mins

22 Dec 2017

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4 Functions of the Church Choir: Check Your Priorities, with Brian Hehn

Choir Ninja, with Ryan Guth

Four Functions of the Church Choir: Check Your Priorities, with Brian Hehn Brian Hehn will fundamentally change the way you approach directing a church choir. In this episode we explore the four functions of a church choir and how most of us have gotten it backwards for years. It’s time to get excited about enhancing the congregation’s relationship with your choir through sometimes doing less. This one’s a game-changer! [Subscribe on iTunes] [Subscribe on Android] Highlight to Tweet: “If I had heard this 10 years ago, I wouldn’t have been fired from those three churches.” - @RyanMGuth Show Notes: Church Choirs serve some very specific functions.  In order of priority:.1. The church choir leads and enlivens the congregation’s song2. The church choir sings music that the congregation cannot3. The church choir serves as a small-group within the church for faith formation4. The church choir sings beautiful and challenging music to praise God and edify the congregation When adopting these functions in that priority order, there are some very real consequences to how we function in the church.1. We cannot understand our role as the "choir director" anymore. We are that, but we're so much more.2. We cannot allow our choir members to understand their primary role as singing TO the congregation. They are singing WITH and FOR before they are singing TO.3. We cannot allow our choir to remain an isolated entity.4. We should not choose literature that the congregation can easily sing and just have the choir do it.5. We must lead, or find leaders from within the group, to spiritually nurture the ensemble.6. We must think liturgically. Bio: Brian is an inspiring song-leader equally comfortable leading an acapella singing of “It Is Well” as he is drumming and dancing to “Sizohamba Naye.” Experienced using a variety of genres and instrumentations, he has lead worship for Baptists, Roman Catholics, United Methodists, Presbyterians, and many more across the US and Canada. He received his Bachelor of Music Education from Wingate University, his Master of Sacred Music from Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, and is certified in children’s church music (K-12) by Choristers Guild. He has articles published on sacred music and congregational song in multiple journals and co-authored the book All Hands In: Drumming the Biblical Narrative, published by Choristers Guild. While working for The Hymn Society as the Director of The Center for Congregational Song, he is also adjunct professor of church music at Wingate University in Wingate, North Carolina. Brian lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with his wife, Eve, and son, Jakob. Resources/links Mentioned: Choir Nation group on Facebook Email Patreon - Support the podcast! Sponsored by: Sight Reading Factory (Use promo code “NINJA” at checkout for 10 free student accounts!) My Music Folders (Use promo code “NINJA” at checkout for “last column” or best pricing - usually reserved for bulk purchases only!)

57mins

8 Dec 2017

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Hymns, Genre and Rhythmic Storytelling w/ Brian Hehn (Hymn Society)

The Worship Lab Podcast

Brian Hehn (Director of The Center for Congregational Song at the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada) joins the guys this week for a great in-depth conversation about a lot of topics - from hymnody to musical racism. Check out the Hymn Society website at:  www.thehymnsociety.org Leave us a note on our website: www.worshiplabpodcast.com

47mins

23 Nov 2016