All Things Necessary

A Practical Guide for Episcopal Church Musicians

Marti Rideout

Dec/2012, 240 Pages, PAPERBACK, 6 x 9

ISBN-13: 9780898696523



A Guide to the Practice of Church Music by Marion J. Hatchett was published by Church Hymnal Corporation in 1989 and was an invaluable resource for church musicians, clergy, and educational programs in the church, such as the Leadership Program for Musicians (LPM). Since that time our liturgical language expanded and changed the scope of our worship offerings. The hymnody of other cultures, as well as hymn writers from the past thirty years, has influenced congregational song. The use of the Revised Common Lectionary has necessitated the need for new liturgical and music planning texts.  

All Things Necessary: A Practical Guide for Episcopal Church Musicians by Marti Rideout is a resource for musicians serving in Episcopal Churches who come from other denominations; clergy who desire to have a deeper appreciation for church music and who seek a resource that will help them in their ministries; those who are new to church work, and those who have served the church but desire to expand their knowledge. 

This book provides:

  • Comprehensive information about the Episcopal Church, The Book of Common Prayer (1979), liturgical resources published since then and the opportunities for music within the various rites, The Hymnal 1982 and all hymnal supplements and resources written since that publication.
  • A philosophy of music in the Episcopal Church.
  • A complete compilation of service music and canticles for the Daily Offices, Holy Eucharist and Sacraments from Church Publishing’s six main hymnal sources.
  • Suggestions for the singing of Psalms and planning liturgies throughout the liturgical year.
  • Extensive lists of sources for most aspects of church music and liturgy, terms and definitions from an Episcopal perspective, and a practical bibliography.  

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Marti Rideout has served Episcopal parishes in New York, Washington D.C., Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio as Minister of Music/Organist and Choirmaster. She was a founding member of the Leadership Program for Musicians, a curriculum writer, national LPM Consultant-Coordinator, and teacher. She serves as a church music consultant, interim musician, and is on the Association of Anglican Musicians' Mentoring Program Task Force to assist organists.


"The work of a true pastoral musician, this comprehensive resource is a great gift to all church musicians. Highly recommended."Dr. Marilyn J. Keiser, Chancellor's Professor Emeritus, Indiana University, and Director of Music, Trinity Episcopal Church, Bloomington 

"Novice and veteran alike will delight in this treasure trove of resources. Highly recommended."The Rev. Dr. William Bradley Roberts, Professor of Church Music, Virginia Theological Seminary  

"If as a Church Musician your mantra is, 'I seek to be first a pastor, next a teacher and last of all a performer’, this is the book for you, All Things Necessary, written by a dedicated, gifted pastoral musican, who has lived and practiced all the things she has written about. Marti Ridout in her ministry in the Church IS a pastor, a teacher and a performer."Dr. Raymond F. Glover, Editor, Episcopal Hymnal 1982, and Emeritus Professor of Church Music, Virginia Theological Seminary   Canon for Music at The Cathedral of All Souls in Asheville, North Carolina, and Chair, Mentoring Task Force Committee, Assn. of Anglican Musicians

"Authored by a church musician with many years of practical experience serving Episcopal congregations, 'All things necessary' contains a wealth of helpful ideas and suggestions."--Mr. Kyle Ritter, Canon for Music at The Cathedral of All Souls in Asheville, North Carolina, and Chair, Mentoring Task Force Committee, Assn. of Anglican Musicians

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