by Mary Rose DiGiovanna
On Saturday, November 16, a very enthusiastic group of church musicians turned out for the workshop presented by Peter Niedmann at Sacred Heart R.C., Bloomfield. The morning began with a “coffee and” which led into the first session of the day, “Music Arranging.” Peter took us through arranging a familiar hymn tune in several different ways. We created a re-harmonization which could then be used as a prelude/postlude or a choir anthem – especially useful on that rare occasion when the anthem is ‘just not going to happen,’ and created a descant on a pre-composed harmonization. It was quite an interactive event as the attendees provided melodic and harmonic material to make this happen under the guidance of the pro.
A delicious lunch of homemade soup, wraps and other goodies was a welcomed break for additional fellowship and networking with colleagues
We reconvened for the afternoon session
to learn how to maneuver through Sibelius software. Those of us who were beginners got our feet wet and found its many uses
for making our bits of compositions look professional. The more advanced users came away with many a shortcut to get their works completed with greater speed and accuracy.
Many thanks to Sacred Heart Church for use of its facility and to John and Joanne Coghill who cooked, baked and hosted us for this event.