Do It Rite: The Organist as Conductor

In our second installment of Do It Rite, Fr. Anthony Ruff shares his expertise on the role of the organist as the leader of congregational song.

 

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  1. John, I thought of those videos too! Thank you for linking to them. (Full disclosure: as the editor of the ISM Review, I was responsible for including them.)

    Yes, there is a nice commonality in the subject and the insights here, between what Anthony is doing and what Tom Murray accomplished in those earlier videos.

  2. You were very fortunate to be a pupil of Professor Murray. He is a true master. It’s a joy to have him on the bench at our parish.

  3. Nicely done, Anthony! I hope you’re also going to take a look at the Organist as Accompanist (for example in the Responsorial Psalm where the needs for supporting a single psalmist are different from those for leading a congregation). A third episode might be the Organist as Co-Worker. I’m thinking of times when the organist isn’t the leader, the cantor/song-leader is. That one might include such things as dealing with time-lag.

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