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CMI 2020 in Review: Highlights

It was not the year CMI anticipated, and yet, looking back, it perhaps became one of CMI’s best years. By transitioning to online delivery of courses, workshops, and music, CMI reached more people than ever. CMI’s extensive online libraries—accessible anytime, anywhere—became a bedrock for delivery of services to congregations seeking music in new formats for online worship. CMI was up to the challenge; our members determined the direction for programming. Teamwork! 

Highlights from 2020

January 7-29 – A January Songfest: Four-week course “The Congregation Sings,” taught by CMI’s Drs. Robert Mann & Charlotte Kroeker in Denton & Dallas, TX 

January 24-25 – Hymn Festival and workshop, “Music for Organ & Choir: Lent through Epiphany,” led by David Cherwien at Zion Lutheran Church, Dallas, TX 

January 27 – Online Choral Music Webinar offered with the National Catholic Education Association and CMI, by Dr. Charlotte Kroeker 

May – Four new clergy/musician teams and congregational representatives from Colorado, Texas, and Connecticut selected for 2020-2021 Lilly Peer Learning program.

June 22-26 – Online course “Music in Christian Worship,” with Lilly Scholars and students across the U.S., offered by CMI in conjunction with Brite Divinity School faculty, Rev. Dr. Paul Westermeyer, Dr. Christopher Anderson, and Rev. Dr. Michael Joncas. 

August 7-8 – Online workshop “Until the Vaccine Arrives,” facilitated by Dr. David Arcus and Dr. Don Horisberger as the Paul Lindsley Thomas and Hal Hopson Lecturers. Attendees returned for an “Afterwords” session to plan Saturday morning sessions for September, October, and November. 

September 19 – Online session “Navigating the New Normal: Honoring Copyright,” presented by Mark Lawson, MorningStar Music 

September 26 – Online session “Singing Together, Far Apart: Technology to Bring Us Together,” presented by Rosanne Penner Kaufman, Kansas City, KS 

October 17 – Online session “Organ Music for Ordinary Time,” presented by Dr. Margaret Harper, Dallas, TX 

October 24 – Online session “Choral Music for Upcoming Seasons,” presented by Dr. Don Horisberger, New Glarus, WI 

November 7 – Online session “Organ Music You May Not Know for the Winter Seasons,” presented by Dr. Margaret Harper, Dallas, TX 

November 14 – Online session “Best Ideas: Music & Worship in This Most Unusual Time,” ideas from musicians across the U.S. moderated by Dr. Tim Sharp (ACDA) & Dr. Michael Bedford (AGO)