Music at HI
- The Rev. Dr. Bill Murray
- Aug 07, 2018
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In every church I have ever served, music is a subject that can spark some quick and heated debates. Some folks want moving, soaring, technically proficient performances of the highest choral tradition. Other folks prefer songs from the old Methodist or Baptist hymnal sung with piano and guitar. Still other folks love a band with contemporary Christian songs and the proverbial wall of sound. I am sure it will be no surprise to hear that conversations around music tend to be some of the first ones to reach my ears. Thankfully the anger has subsided but wounded hearts and concerns for the future now come to the fore.
In speaking with several consultants for music searches, they all recommended the same thing. After a 30 year tenure, the church needs an interim, healing season for the music department. There is no judgment on what has come before or what happened. The recommendation is sound- any church needs to have a year of transition to prepare for the next musician.
With all of that in mind, I am incredibly pleased to announce that we signed a contract with our Interim Organist and Choirmaster Randy Romig to stay through May 2019. This will give Holy Innocents a full year to think, pray, and sing our way into a healthy, hopeful, and joyful approach to our next Organist and Choirmaster. I am also pleased to announce that our new Leader of Children’s Choirs will be Adrin Akins. Adrin is one of our current paid singers who leads children’s choirs as his full-time job as the Music Teacher at Atlanta Speech School. Our hope was to extend the contract of Suzanne Logue in the role of Leader of Children’s Choirs, but she formally resigned from the position citing increased work at her school and the impending sale and move from her current home.
The Vestry and Staff and I are all excited about the gifts and talents that Randy and Adrin will bring to our programs this year. They are energetic and joyful men who will provide a steady hand for our music department. Please join me in welcoming and celebrating them both for their many gifts and their dedication to Holy Innocents.