Composer and Church Musician Mark Miller will lead a free workshop at 10 a.m. at Grace United Methodist Church on Saturday, September 23rd. The workshop, titled, "Sacred Songs and Social Justice" will include many musical resources for worship that Mark uses to bring diverse communities together.
He will also be leading music for the weekend services at Grace. His new musical setting and choral arrangement for “O God, Our Help In Ages Past” will be debuted at the 10:15 Sunday morning worship service by a joint choir from Grace UMC and former Southeast Polk High School choir students. The choral arrangement was commissioned in memory of Leigh Fleming, former teacher at Southeast Polk and church musician at Grace.
Mark Miller believes passionately that music can change the world. Since 1999 he has travelled to every part of the country delighting congregations with the power and joy of music making.
Mark is now Associate Professor of Church Music and Composer In Residence at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, and is a Lecturer in the Practice of Sacred Music at Yale University. He is also the Minister of Music of Christ Church in Summit, New Jersey. From 2002-2007 he was Director of Contemporary Worship at Marble Collegiate Church and from 1999-2001 was Assistant Organist and Music Associate at the Riverside Church, both in New York City. Mark received his Bachelor of Arts in Music from Yale University and his Master of Music in Organ Performance from Juilliard.
Mark’s compositions are sung throughout the United Methodist Church and other denominations and his choral anthems are best sellers for Abingdon Press and Choristers Guild. His hymns are published in “Worship & Song”, “Sing! Prayer and Praise”, “Zion Still Sings”, “Amazing Abundance”, “The Faith We Sing”, and others.
Mark is a lifelong United Methodist. He directed music for the 2008 General Conference. He is the grandson, son, brother, uncle, and cousin to United Methodist clergy. As a lay delegate to the 2000 and 2004 and 2012 General Conferences, Mark was a witness to Christ’s mission of breaking down the dividing walls of hostility and fear in the United Methodist Church
The workshop will begin at 10:00 a.m. and conclude at 12:30 p.m. Grace United Methodist Church is at 3700 Cottage Grove Avenue in Des Moines. Their website is gracedesmoines.org
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