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Is Church Music “Good”?

I remember it was over a mediocre burger within my first week of moving to Texas. My colleague was being friendly, telling me about her church in case I needed one. As we were both music educators, she went into extra detail about her church’s music. She told how their previous music minister was a good Christian man but really impossible to work with as a director. But they had just hired a new minister and purchased a completely new sound system all built directly into the sanctuary—I should hear it—and this new music minister was full of ideas and was already asking her opinion for upcoming events. Exciting, I agreed. Had I found a church yet? I had, actually. Do they have good music?

Hmm. How to answer that question? Well of course we have good music. We sponsor one of the most famous choirs in the world with an orchestra and bell choir to boot. We host an annual Christmas concert series with internationally renowned musicians broadcast on PBS. But after listing these examples, I feel myself running out of steam.

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