A Model of Sacrament Meeting Music

Posted on January 6, 2011. Filed under: General Church Music, Music in Sacrament Meeting, Ward Music Chairman |

A couple of years ago I visited a ward in New York that became a model in my mind of how music in a Sacrament Meeting should sound.  The organist played appropriate hymn arrangements for prelude.  The congregation sang with gusto and the organist accompanied with a full and strong sound, varying the registrations  with each verse.  The opening hymn was a faster tempo hymn, one of strength and conviction.  Between the talks was a musical selection, “I Know That My Redeemer Lives”, performed by two violinists and a pianist, perfectly executed.  The Sacrament and closing hymns, although slower in tempo than the opening, were sung with no less strength and volume.  The organist’s choice for postlude complimented the spirit of the meeting and I left feeling spiritually uplifted.  It was that day I truly understood this…

A person can get nearer to the lord through music than perhaps any other thing except prayer ~J. Reuben Clark

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