Sunday, June 2, 2013

T.J. Thomas to present '10 Hymns You Need to Discover' June 6

From Deleware-

What makes a good hymn? T.J. Thomas, minister of music at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Lewes, will present "Ten Hymns You Need to Discover" at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 6, as part of St. Peter's Summer Spirituality Series. In an interactive workshop with congregational singing and time for questions, Thomas will present a selection of 10 hymns from various faith traditions and offer commentary on the textual and musical attributes of each.

In his role as minister of music, Thomas oversees a growing music ministry including vocal choirs for children and adults, a handbell program for beginning and advanced ringers, regular services of Choral Evensong and sung Compline, a concert series and the annual residency of a prominent Anglican church musician.

During his undergraduate career, Thomas served on the music staff at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., under the direction of his organ teacher and mentor, Canon Mark Laubach. An active member of the Royal School of Church Music in America, Thomas has been on the staff of the King’s College choir training course since 2007. He is also active in the American Guild of Organists, currently serving on the executive committee of the Southern Delaware Chapter, and the Association of Anglican Musicians, for which he helped plan the 2012 national conference in Philadelphia, Pa. Thomas received his bachelor’s degree in music from Marywood University in Scranton, Pa.

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