Voices Only: ‘I Want to Be Ready to Meet Him’
Welcome to Voices Only, your weekly dose of a cappella.…
I’m headed to Pepperdine University on Thursday to cover The Ascending Voice II, a symposium of sacred a cappella music, and work on a few other stories for The Christian Chronicle.
Symposium co-director Darryl Tippens wrote a Views piece for the Chronicle‘s May print issue entitled “Voices, hearts and lungs as spiritual instruments.” Here is my story on the first symposium back in 2007.
Today, Religion News Service published a Q&A with Tippens that begins:
The psalmist said to praise God with trumpets, harps, tambourines and loud clanging cymbals, but some Christian churches shun all instruments in favor of good old-fashioned a cappella singing.
Provost Darryl Tippens is helping convene the second conference on preserving a cappella music at Pepperdine University, which is affiliated with the non-instrumental Churches of Christ.
The Ascending Voice II conference, which opened Wednesday (May 12), includes not only members of his Churches of Christ but Mennonites, Eastern Orthodox, Episcopalians and Roman Catholics who face an uphill battle against the popularity of praise bands and recorded music.
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