2021 Was an Exciting Year of Firsts!

January – Eric Birk of AGO presented “Organ Music for Meditation” while choirs were not yet singing because of the pandemic.

February – Online Book Study of Church Music & the Christian Faith by Erik Routley drew participants from across the country, led by Dallas Chapter AGO Dean Chris Brunt.

March – Joint Webinar with AGO featured Lilly/CMI Clergy-Musician Scholars who demonstrated productive working relationships and congregational projects to a national audience.  We lost our wonderful board member Diane Parry to glioblastoma.

April – Joint Webinar with ACDA featured an online tour of the CMI Choral and Organ Libraries to a curious audience of thousands.  We even planned a Pentecost service!

May – CMI hosted an online meeting of the Suffolk County, NY chapter of the AGO for their May meeting to explore the Organ and Choral libraries, and awarded CMI memberships to delighted winners of a raffle.

June – With Brite Divinity School, CMI offered the online graduate course, “Congregational Song” to students from Beijing to Cork County, Ireland and all U.S. time zones in between, led by six illustrious professors – from their home offices across the country!

July – CMI received the thousands of books and pieces of music from the libraries of Fr. Jan Michael Joncas, the largest and most comprehensive collection ever donated to CMI.

August – CMI held its first hybrid onsite and online summer event at Northridge Presbyterian Church Dallas, with Bob Chilcott and Craig Cramer as Paul Thomas and Hal Hopson Lecturers.

September – A panel of experts gave tips for “New Beginnings” as the pandemic eased and church music programs began to open along with congregational worship and singing.

October – Don Saliers led a workshop titled “Sounding the Depths” on what matters and why in music and worship; Don Horisberger and Charlotte Kroeker led an Advent planning session.

November – Don Horisberger and Charlotte Kroeker led a Christmas planning session.  We gave tearful but fond farewells to inspirational composer and church musician Dr. Paul Lindsley Thomas.

December – CMI celebrated the legacy of Hal and Martha Hopson and the nearing completion of the endowed fund that will continue the Worship and Music Education project on their behalf.