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An Afternoon with Keith Getty

Last week I had the opportunity to meet composer Keith Getty – a modern day hymn writer and one of my heros in music.  Keith met with the composers for lunch before giving a two hour seminar on the music field and the importance of music in worship.

I ended up taking over three pages of notes, but I wanted to share some of the highlights with you:

Keith and Kristyn Getty TMC Music Event

One of the biggest takeaways from meeting with Keith was the emphasis of the importance of good quality music in worship.  As Keith pointed out:

God’s people have learned their history through song.  Therefore our songs frame our responses.

Keith explained that music in worship needs to not only have a beauty about it, but also an excellence and depth in the meaning of the words that we sing.

If our songs have the greatness of God’s love, but not any of His other attributes, we have failed.

Session with Keith Getty

At the seminar, Keith stressed the importance of good songs and good lyrics explaining that one of the most important questions a pastor can ask himself at the end of the service is:  “How well did the congregation sing?”

Churches with good preaching but shallow songs breed shallow congregations.

When asked how he can write so many songs of the faith and find his drive, Keith explained:

Be the best musician you can be, but make sure your faith grows faster than your talent.

These quotes are only the tip of the iceberg of what I took away from meeting with Keith Getty.  I greatly appreciate the opportunity to meet with this excellent musician and humble man and I was greatly inspired in my own writing as I heard from him.

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An Overwhelming Response

Wow, what a whirlwind of a week!  God has been so faithful in helping my family and me through two major concerts!

When counting all of the people who attended between the two concerts and the live stream, we believe that there were about 1,000 people who came and heard the music.  Since that time, I have received overwhelming responses about The Light Princess  and the rest of the music and I wanted to share it with you.

Watching The Light Princess

I can tell a lot of work went into this concert.  It’s inspiring to see how much creativity can come from one mind and to hear of what inspired her.  Wonderful concert, 5 stars! – Matt

Watching the Light Princess

Praise the Lord for all your talents and hard work! Your music was enchanting and fit so perfectly with the wonderful story of The Light Princess.  It was a blessing! – Paige

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I love every single minute! – Delphine

Watching The Light Princess

[The] music was AMAZING! I could listen to The Light Princess every day!  Praying God continues to use your music to touch hearts. – Rebecca

Watching The Light Princess

Thank you so very much to all who came and participated!  This was truly an amazing experience and I so appreciate you!

Tonight’s the Night!

Hi Everyone!  Please come to my Senior Recital tonight at The Master’s College at 6:00pm!  You will hear a wide variety of music from small ensemble to big band to The Light Princess.  Admission is free, but I would recommend coming early as seats are first come first served.

Thanks and I can’t wait to see you there!

Senior Recital AnnouncementP.S. If you can’t make the concert, the link to the live stream of the concert is here.

Senior Recital!

If you were not able to make the World Premiere (Or would like to hear some of the works again), please come to my senior recital this Friday on March 6!  There, you will hear The Light Princess, Taking Candy, and five other brand new works that were not at the world premiere.

I hope to see you there!

Senior Recital Announcement

Two Concerts? What’s the Difference?

Several people have approached me recently wondering what the difference is between the two concerts (February 27 and March 6).  I wanted to help clear that up so that you can decide which concert you would like to go to.

February 27 - Tunes, Tales, and Truths

This concert wll be tomorrow at 7:30pm at Grace Baptist Church (for directions, click here).  Doors will open at 7:00pm and the entire concert will be about 1 1/2 hrs long.

Tunes, Tales, and Truths! is a concert that is geared toward people of all ages and will be featuring the live Grace Baptist orchestra (a 60 piece ensemble) as well as a choir.  Some of the pieces you will here there are:

Amy's Senior Recital

My Senior Recital will be held on Friday, March 6  at 6:00pm at The Master’s College (for directions, click here).  Doors will be open at 5:45 and the whole concert will be an hour long.

Some of the pieces you will hear at this concert are:

Hope this helps and I can’t wait to see you there!

Want to see one of the paintings in person?

Through all of the promotion going out about the concert, you have probably seen pictures of Jay’s artwork.  But would you like to see one of the Jay’s paintings for The Light Princess in person? Then head on over to The Master’s College Library!

While there, you will see one of the paintings on display, learn more about George MacDonald and The Light Princess, more about the myself and the music for the concert, and more about Jay and his art and ministry. Check it out!

Display Case of The Light Princess at TMC

Meet the Author Part of TMC Display Case

Meet the Composer part of TMC Display case

Meet the Artist Part of TMC Display Case

The Final Countdown!

Less than 30 days left until the world premier of The Light Princess and other works!  Be sure to save the date!

Announcing Premier of Light Princess

Fun Fact:  Did you now that both concerts will be premiering different music?  Other than the Light Princess (which will be at both), the rest of the music is completely new!  So if you can, come to both!  :o)

A Story Behind the Story

Everyone loves a good, captivating story.  Seldom, though, do we ever stop to consider that each tale has a story behind the story.  Why did the author choose to write it that way?  What were his inspirations or motivations?

In light of the coming live world premiere of The Light Princess on February 27 and again on March 6, I wanted to take a moment to share with you two behind the scenes stories:  the story behind The Light Princess and the story behind why I wanted to set this magnificent work to music.

I very much appreciate my friend Abigail Beck’s expertise in helping me put this short video together.  I have so enjoyed working on this piece and I can’t wait to share it with you all!

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Save the Date!!!

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I am so very excited to be able to share the premier of The Light Princess and other works in a family themed gospel concert performed live by the Grace Baptist Praise Orchestra!  The concert is entitled “T3:  Tunes, Tales, and Truths” and the theme of the concert is “stories in music.” It will be at 7:30p.m. on Friday, February 27 at Grace Baptist Church.

I am also exited to announce that my Senior Composition Recital will be held at The Master’s College on Friday, March 6 at 6:oo p.m.  This will be in partial fullfilment of my composition degree and will be an exciting night!  The Light Princess will again be performed (although in a different way from the T3 concert) as well as all new music.

Keep checking back for more details as I post about the concerts.  I look forward to seeing you all there!

A Visit from Dan Forrest

Amy presenting The Light Princess to Dr. Dan Forrest

Amy presenting The Light Princess to Dr. Dan Forrest

As I shared in a previous post, renowned composer Dan Forrest visited the college this weekend as a guest speaker.  It was quite a whirlwind of a weekend, but we all had a wonderful time as Dr. Forrest spoke in several of the music classes, met individually with the composition students for a private lesson, gave a public practicum session, and performed in a concert of that works last night.

I was able to present to Dr. Forrest my current work on The Light Princess in both a private lesson and in front of an audience where he gave suggestions and advice on how to improve my piece.  I presented two movements from The Light Princess using the Garritan Sounds through Finale playback that I had tweaked to sound much better.  For the tenor solo that the prince sings in the story, I asked Richard Dinsmoor to play the part of the prince.

Richard Dinsmoor singing the part of the Prince in The Light Princess

Richard Dinsmoor singing the part of the Prince in The Light Princess

Dr. Forrest had several great suggestions, but I think my biggest takeaway from the meeting was that I need to work hard to notate the music exactly as I want the players to perform it and not leave as much up to their interpretation.  Secondly, I learned that I need to find the right balance between words and music in order to tell the story the best way possible.

I am very thankful to Dr. Forrest for his kind words and advice.  It was a pleasure to meet him again and I look forward to his next visit!