C. Foster Payne
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  • Aurora, CO
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Is the Church Orchestra Dying?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kevin Auralee Jun 13. 6 Replies

Two weeks from now I am leaving a large church (large in Colorado, anyway) in which I lead worship weekly with a 40-man choir and a modest orchestra. This church is known in the area for its choir…Continue

 

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Nathan Gifford replied to C. Foster Payne's discussion 'Modern Worship Leading' in the group Colorado Worship Leaders (USA)
"I would lend towards using an orchestra and choir SOMETIMES. Every Sunday could be a bit much... but depends on your church. What works for one church doesn't always work for the next. So there's no solid black/white or right/wrong answers…"
Aug 1
C. Foster Payne added a discussion to the group Colorado Worship Leaders (USA)
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Modern Worship Leading

So, I'm admittedly a bit "old school" in that I like choirs and orchestras WITH the traditional praise band. You don't see orchestras hardly at all in Colorado churches and choirs themselves are disappearing too. As an artist and a musician, I worry about "art" disappearing in our church culture. As a result of orchestras and choirs going the way of the dodo, worship leaders themselves are often only part-time and fewer and fewer are ordained ministers or even attend seminary.I understand the…See More
Jul 31
C. Foster Payne commented on Nathan Gifford's group 'Colorado Worship Leaders (USA)'
"Hey, folks, I'm really excited to be a part of this board. Thanks for the invite! I'm the worship leader at Arapahoe Road Baptist Church in Centennial. we're a congregation of about 200 and I have the honor and privilege to lead a…"
Jul 31
Kevin Auralee replied to C. Foster Payne's discussion 'Is the Church Orchestra Dying?'
"Perhaps.  I find it more difficult for people to follow sheet music to a T; tempo, verse / chorus / bridge (slide order), etc.  It might take a bit of work for you to become more spontaneous. You might keep us posted. This sounds…"
Jun 13
Lorraine Doswell left a comment for C. Foster Payne
"Hi C. Foster, A very warm welcome to Worship The Rock.  Great to have you on board. God Bless.  Lorraine"
Apr 8
Toni replied to C. Foster Payne's discussion 'Is the Church Orchestra Dying?'
"It sounds like a good way of giving lots of people within a big hurch something to do that will help them feel part of what's going on, rather that just being sat in a pew & spoon-fed."
Apr 5
Wulf Forrester-Barker replied to C. Foster Payne's discussion 'Is the Church Orchestra Dying?'
"Likewise, it isn't a thing I've experienced in any of the churches I've been in. We get a few "orchestral" instruments - often violin, sometimes cello and I took my double bass down a few weeks ago - but that doesn't…"
Apr 4
Nathan Gifford replied to C. Foster Payne's discussion 'Is the Church Orchestra Dying?'
"Just like the church choir, orchestras are seen less and less these days. I have no issue against them... when done right that is. In most cases, personally, I'd vote for an orchestra (and probably even choir) to be used for seasonal / special…"
Apr 4
Daniel Read replied to C. Foster Payne's discussion 'Is the Church Orchestra Dying?'
"OK.  First I should say that there is not even the smallest chance of building an orchestra in a church the size of ours!  We make do with what we have. But, I think the rule here is (as with most things) to look around, see what resources…"
Apr 4
C. Foster Payne replied to C. Foster Payne's discussion 'Is the Church Orchestra Dying?'
"Just to add a bit more, I look at have large ensemble through multiple perspectives. The first and primary reason I like having them is that it provides for even more places for church members to plug into. I've known many a person who…"
Apr 3
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Is the Church Orchestra Dying?

Two weeks from now I am leaving a large church (large in Colorado, anyway) in which I lead worship weekly with a 40-man choir and a modest orchestra. This church is known in the area for its choir and orchestra. In two weeks, however, I move to a smaller church where they have a strong choir and a small praise band, but no orchestra. Some from the new church have spoken to me about building an orchestra, but I wonder......Don't get me wrong, I come from an orchestral background. I greatly value…See More
Apr 3
C. Foster Payne replied to Doug Barker's discussion 'Hymns'
"I use the following published volume from Word Music for modern arrangements of hymns. Most of them are well-received: http://wordchoralclub.com/worship/songs-for-praise-worship/hymns-for-praise-worship.html"
Apr 3
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Apr 3

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Home Church:
Arapahoe Road Baptist Church
Favorite Bible Verses / Passages:
John 8:2-11

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At 5:11pm on April 8, 2017, Lorraine Doswell said…

Hi C. Foster,

A very warm welcome to Worship The Rock.  Great to have you on board.

God Bless.  Lorraine

 
 
 

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