Preaching to the Choir

Claiming the Role of the Sacred Musician

Victoria Sirota

Nov/2006, 150 Pages, PAPERBACK, 6 x 9

ISBN-13: 9780898695281



Sirota delves deeply into the reasons church musicians do their jobs in the face of poor pay and limited opportunities for advancement, offering the reader a pastoral understanding without avoiding the challenging questions that every church musician must consider. She has an uncanny ability to name that which lies at the heart of the sacred artist's craft.

Addressed directly and conversationally to the working musician in church or synagogue and those with whom they work, Sirota explores issues that are well-chosen for their understanding of "insider's information" and sensibilities to art, beauty, scripture, and pastoral care. Her personal reflection is balanced with probing questions from someone who's "been there" and is well-known to multi-denominational church musicians, as a gifted preacher and writer, a scholar, and a professional performing artist.

Victoria Sirota is a distinguished priest, church musician, teacher, and scholar who has written regular columns and articles in The American Organist, The Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians, and The Baltimore Sun. She is also the featured organist on several recordings.

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