Providence Public Lecture Series 2020
Why do We Sing? The Function of Music in Church and Community
Presentation: 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.
The 2020 Providence Public Lectures will demonstrate the impressive range of expertise among Providence faculty, whose topics will include politics, theology, morality, history, psychiatry, worship, and social construction. Presenting in Winnipeg and Steinbach, Providence professors are excited to bring their scholarship into the public square. Attendees can expect to be intellectually stimulated, perhaps challenged, and to come away with a new appreciation for Christian higher education.
All lectures are free to attend – no registration required.
Lecture Synopsis: 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.