". . . little shall I grace my cause

In speaking for myself. Yet, by your gracious patience,

I will a round unvarnish'd tale deliver . . ."

(William Shakespeare's Othello, I.iii.88-90)

Monday, August 4, 2008

Institute Photo Diary

As probably most of my readers know, our family recently attended the third triennial LCMS Institute on Liturgy, Preaching and Church Music. As a workshop presenter, plenary speaker, conference musician and vendor, my husband wore multiple hats, but the rest of the family contributed as well, from singing in a choir (my two oldest children) to playing piano for worship (myself) to serving as a model for a workshop (my youngest). Below are a few of the photos I managed to take during the conference that were decent enough to post; it seems more of my pics than usual were blurred (and several of the ones seen below are slightly so). Hmmm, guess I need to cut down on the coffee drinking.

Here's the totally awesome Kantor Jan Muth of Memorial Lutheran (Houston) preparing her young models for a workshop on teaching music to children. The little king in the middle is mine--in his hand is a baton, um, I mean scepter. You can see how much he is enjoying the role--believe me, getting that crown off his head wasn't easy.

Here's the real deal, with workshop attendees watching. Yay--another chance to wear that crown!

Phil practicing organ in the balcony of St. John's-Seward. I think this was at about 10:00 at night. We also had one 7:00 a.m. rehearsal. Ouch! It was tricky getting all those musicians adequate rehearsal time.

Some very cute members of the Select Children's Choir in the Concordia bookstore (I'm particularly fond of the young lady in the middle):

Composer Phil Magness and Deaconess Pam Nielsen giving one of two presentations on the Sing the Faith catechism songs:

The Sing the Faith songbook itself on sale at the CPH booth!

Evan (the regal one) manning the table for Liturgy Solutions and Brothers of John the Steadfast:

And finally . . . Loopers! From left to right are Cheryl, Evan, Bethany L., Andrea W., Felice, and Holly G. (I also got to see Charity, but neglected to get a photo.) By the way, can you tell that Bethany and Holly are sisters?

What a wonderful week it was. There are so many stories I could share, and in time I hope to post a few of them, but for now I hope you have enjoyed this pictorial retrospective on a week I will long remember!


Marie N. said...

A sing the faith songbook sounds very interesting. I'll have to mention that to our new pastor when he is installed.

Dan @ Necessary Roughness said...

Kantor Muth is a wonderful teacher, even for us 30+- year-olds :) What a privilege.

Cheryl said...

Marie, as it happens, your new pastor's wife is picking up her very own copy of the catechism songs at my house this weekend!

Bethany said...


Thank you for posting the pics! I have so many, many good memories of that week, including getting to meet you and your family and visiting for a bit, in spite of all the busy-ness. We will let you know the next time we are in the Chicago area!

elephantschild said...

Always fun to see Looper Baby pics - Felice is a cutie!

Phil said...

HEY - I was supposed to be blogging this conference! ;0

Great post. Thanks for capturing the memories!


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