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David Sawatzky -- Free Public Lecture

Saturday Feb 22 2020 7:00 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Travel Alcove

“Why do We Sing? The Function of Music in Church and Community”
David Sawatzky, D.M.A., Associate Professor of Music

Part of the Providence University College Public Lecture Series 2020, a community service for the general public. Admission is free - no registration is required.

The last number of years have seen a dramatic change in the character of music in our churches. The church’s understanding of the function of music has been both a cause and consequence of these changing styles of worship music. The once dominant role of the church as the leading curator of communal singing and music literacy has been supplanted in large part by community efforts and our public education system, having both successful and unsuccessful results. Attention will be given to how the function of music has changed within our congregations, how our music can fulfill a more thoughtful theological role in worship, and how churches can come to a fuller understanding of what it means to sing.

David Sawatzky (DMA, University of Illinois) directs the choirs and teaches courses in church music and music history at Providence. He is also the Vice President of the Eastman Choral Association and the Artistic Director of Exaudi Chamber Choir.