Friday, December 11, 2020

Date: December 11, 2020

I was intrigued to learn of the Advent Calendar project created by “Amplify Female Composers.” Last Wednesday, the Calendar marked the launch of a beautiful piece by our very own Dr. Marty Burnett. Taking those beautiful words by Charles Wesley, it is a delightful composition for “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus.” Click the play button on the video below: The Amplify Female Voices Facebook page was created by Carolyn Craig and another person familiar to the VTS Community, Janet Yieh. The goal is to encourage the performance of sacred music by female composers. It is an impressive project. I found myself exploring the full range of pieces by other composers. And as the pandemic makes marking this Advent harder than normal, I must admit I found my soul lifted by the beauty of these pieces. Music can continue to inspire even in the hardest of times. A blessed Advent everyone. The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President

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