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Music Director's Monthly Newsletter Message

September 2013 Music Notes

Music Notes By Jessica Baier




Office Hours

Sunday: 6:30 a.m.— 11:00  a.m.

Monday: 9:00 a.m.— 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 12:30 p.m.— 9:00 p.m.

Friday: 9:00 a.m.— 3:00  p.m.


Handbell Choir: Wednesdays at 6:00 pm

Chancel Choir: Wednesdays at 7:15 pm




In July, I spent four days in Winchester, VA for the AGO (American Guild of Organists) Regional Convention. It was filled with workshops and concerts, and I hope to incorporate the things I've learned into our worship services at BHCC.

As an active member of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the AGO, I am on the steering committee that will head up the next regional convention, which Pittsburgh is hosting in 2015. Part of my job was to put together materials for a slideshow for the Pittsburgh booth at the exhibit area. On Sunday, I sat at the booth, talking to people who would possibly attend our convention. I enjoyed sitting at the booth with Wilberta Pickett, who was the organist and choir director at BHCC from 1971-1980. We shared stories about our experiences as music directors at BHCC. It was wonderful to gather insight on what has been done in the past.

Sunday night I attended the opening hymn festival, complete with choir and handbells, congregational singing and meditative reflections. We began by singing an Advent hymn and Christmas carols, moving through the liturgical season with hymns and reflections, through Epiphany and Lent, Easter and Pentecost. We closed by singing "Abide with Me" as the closing hymn. It was the perfect blend of incorporating different instruments and voices into worship.

Throughout the week I attended a number of workshops and concerts. One of the highlights was a masterclass at Shenendoah University; students playing for concert organist and professor, Ann Elise Smoot. A masterclass gives insight on using proper technique for repertoire, which I found incredibly useful.  I also attended a fantastic handbell concert, the group was called the 6th Dimension. This was an all-women group, ladies playing five octaves of handbells and three octaves of handchimes. They played secular and sacred music, my favorite being an arrangement of "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" that included a clarinet soloist (look out for this one, handbell choir and Jason Robosky!).

I very much appreciate that  BHCC sent me to this convention. It was very inspiring and motivating, and I look forward to incorporating what I’ve learned into my job descriptions as Director of Music Ministries.


Rehearsals begin Wednesday, September 4!
Handbell Choir: Wednesdays at 6:00 pm
Chancel Choir: Wednesdays at 7:15 pm