It’s that time of year! Whether you started planning two years ago or you will wait until the first week of rehearsals (don’t worry, this is a no judgment zone), planning a choir season can be difficult. There are so many balls to juggle, so many plates in the air.
To give you a leg up this year, we have compiled a list of ten great accessories that you may not even know we have. Take a look and check some items off your gift list!
As part of our ongoing series of interviews, Pepper had the opportunity to sit down with arranger and composer Heather Sorenson. A church pianist since the age of 7, Heather has lived in the midst of sacred music for her entire life.
When you hear the name John Rutter, your mind automatically jumps to the thought of Christmas music. What makes Rutter’s name so synonymous with Christmas? We had a chance to sit down with John and talk about why he and Christmas go hand in hand.
Mele Kalikimaka, ladies and gentlemen! It’s getting colder outside and that means it’s time to start thinking about Christmas. A lot of things go along with Christmas: lights, snow, trees, Jesus. And now, Christmas means ukulele songs. Of course, the ukulele has a place the whole year round, but the cheery little instrument just seems perfectly matched for the holidays.
Holiday traditions, while unique in their own right, are what bind us together as a culture. During the month of December during the hustle and bustle of shopping, eating and entertaining, we all seem to have one main goal: to celebrate in the company of those we love. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or a combination thereof, all tend to celebrate at some point during December.
How did it all start, you ask? Well, let me tell you. It all began about a few thousand years ago when pagan songs were sung to celebrate the Winter Solstice, around December 22, while dancing around stone circles. A carol, also called a “noel,” actually refers to a dance or song of praise and joy, and used to be written for all four of the seasons; however, the Christmas season has been the only one where the tradition survives.
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It’s that time of year again… the time when people love the sound of joyous holiday music to put them in the mood to celebrate with friends and family. Whether the songs are nostalgic, fun, reflective, or worshipful, no one can deny that music is a big part of what makes the holidays so magical.
When you work for a cutting-edge company like J.W. Pepper, you sometimes have to find new ways to reinvent the wheel. We found ourselves thinking of this as we were planning a sacred event called Christmas in July. We invited three of the best composers in the country: Joe Martin, Randy Vader and Pepper Choplin.
What have J.W. Pepper employees been doing when not talking to our customers, ordering stock and filling orders? Rehearsing and performing holiday music, of course! Here’s a sampling of what some of us are up to this season.