Hymnal Studies Three

Teaching Music in Small Churches

Marilyn J Keiser

Jan/2000, 64 Pages, PAPERBACK, 5x7

ISBN-13: 9780898691023



Author Marilyn Keiser worked for many years in the diocese of Western North Carolina visiting and teaching in the small parishes. Her doctoral dissertation was about that work and this book is a readable overview of the methods and materials she used in her highly successful teaching.  (64 pp)

Marilyn Keiser retired in 2008 following twenty-five years of service to Indiana University. As Chancellor's Professor of Music in the Jacobs School of Music, she taught applied organ and courses in the church music curriculum. Prior to her appointment at Indiana University, Dr. Keiser was Organist and Director of Music at All Souls Parish in Asheville, NC, and music consultant for the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina, holding both positions from 1970-1983.

A native of Springfield, Illinois, Marilyn Keiser began her organ study with Franklin Perkins, then attended Illinois Wesleyan University where she studied with Lillian McCord, graduating with a Bachelor of Sacred Music degree. Dr. Keiser entered the School of Sacred Music at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, where she studied organ with Alec Wyton and graduated summa cum laude in 1965 with a Master of Sacred Music degree. She earned her Doctor of Sacred music degree from Union Seminary in 1977.

Upon graduation from Union Seminary, Dr. Keiser became Assistant Organist at the Riverside Church in New York City, and one year later was appointed Associate Organist/Choirmaster of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, a position she held from 1966-1970.

A virtuoso concert organist, Marilyn Keiser has performed across the United States. In addition, she has given lectures and workshops in church music for all of the major denominations, specializing in music for small churches. She has been president of the Association of Anglican Musicians, a contributing editor to the hymnal Ecumenical Praise, has served on the Episcopal Church's Standing Commission on Church Music, and was a consultant to the Hymn Music Committee for the Episcopal Hymnal 1982. Dr. Keiser is past-Chairman of the Worship and Music Commission for the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis and is Director of Music at Trinity Episcopal Church in Bloomington.

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