Sewanee Music Conference
By John Briggs | September 8, 2016
In July I had the pleasure of attending the Sewanee Church Music Conference on the campus of The University of the South. Though this was my fifth year at the conference, it was the first where I was sponsored by St. Margaret's, a gift for which I am very grateful. This week long conference is one of the oldest gatherings of church musicians in America and celebrated its 66th year of continuing education in 2016. There were 100 church musicians from across the nation in attendance this year.
The opportunity to recharge one’s spiritual batteries is an important component of the week. There were daily services under the guidance of the Rev. Erika Takacs, Associate Rector of St. Mark's Church in Philadelphia, with either Compline, Noonday or Holy Eucharist celebrated in either the Chapel of the Apostles or All Saints' Chapel. Conference attendees also served as the choir for Choral Evensong on Friday evening and Sunday Eucharist in All Saints’ Chapel.
It's been a hectic but educational summer, and I look forward to applying all that I've learned here in our music program at St. Margaret's!