GEORGE J. SIMMONS “The composers of church music, whether masters of old or today’s contemporary writers, have tried to create music that expresses the Divine. We get to experience and be moved by all of it.”
By Rev. Austin H. Armitstead
"Why is music important to you in your church?"
|BETSY AULISIO “The music brings the spirit to life in so many ways for all ages. It is so wonderful to see the children respond joyfully and grow each year. I can’t visualize a church being alive without music.”||KIMBERLY NERI “Music has provided me with one of the most joyous aspects of my life. Being a music teacher, it has been satisfying for me with the bell ringers and vocal music in my church.”|
|CHARLES ZIPPERLIN “From the earliest days of life, my parents and the church instilled the love of music in me through children and adult choirs. When I went to college many people influenced my appreciation of music. The church where I am a member has a glorious, diversified program for all ages.”||CRAIG EDELMAN “I’ve learned how music can easily stir up one’s emotions. With one note, a rush of feeling can completely take over one’s soul. Through the words we sing, notes we play or sounds we hear, we allow ourselves to show God our innermost feelings.”|
|REV. JOHN H. COLE “There are lots of words spoken in church—prayers, scripture, sermons—but for me, the music—hymns, anthems, solos—opens doors in my heart and soul that otherwise remain closed.”|