The Sacred Art of Chant invites you to use your voice to live a deeply fun and spiritual life — no matter your religious background or vocal ability.
Honor the voice God gave you and learn to:
- Cultivate clarity focus, and compassion
- Improve your listening skills
- Raise your energy level
- Feel more comfortable in your own skin
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Sending You Light – by Ana Hernandez and Fran McKendree
This wide-ranging collaboration is deep and fun, offering beautiful arrangements of folk, chant, blues, country, and simple songs by Ana Hernandez, Antje Duvekot, Charles Murphy, Eliza Gilkyson, Jimmy Messer and Trevor Hall, John Bell, Melanie DeMore, Naomi Littlebear Morena, and Rumi. It features Billy Cardine on dobro and chaturangui, Duncan Wickel on violin, Ike Sturm on bass, Mark Dann on bass and guitar, Paul Friesen-Carper on cello, and River Guerguerian on percussion.
Where Ana Will Be Appearing NextJune 28 - July 1, 2017
Join a dynamic gathering of musicians, clergy and lay people in Cincinnati, Ohio to develop and strengthen your congregational song leading skills. Presenters Ana Hernández, Charles Murphy, Emily Scott, and Paul Vasile will lead worship, workshops, and conversation to help you add the valuable tool of paperless song leading to your community’s singing practice. Learn practical skills and diverse repertoire, and explore how paperless music can enrich and expand your congregation’s repertoire of sung prayer and praise.
The three-day workshop begins at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28 and ends at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 30. Registration begins at 12 noon.
Regarded as one of the most beautiful churches in Cincinnati, Calvary Episcopal Church-Clifton is just north of downtown and close to the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, the University of Cincinnati, and the Cincinnati Art Museum, as well as the city’s thriving food and music scene. The church is convenient to Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) and is within driving distance of Columbus, OH, Louisville, KY, Indianapolis, IN and Chicago, IL.
This event is generously co-sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio and we are pleased to be able to offer scholarship to seminarians, students, and congregations with limited financial resources. Contact Paul Vasile to inquire if you or your congregation qualify for assistance.
A block of reduced-rate rooms have been reserved for participants at the Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center at the University of Cincinnati (151 Goodman Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45219), a five-minute drive from the church. Single King or Double Guest Rooms are available for $139 plus taxes. Click this special link to reserve a room or call (888) 720-1299 and ask for the Paperless Music Workshop at Kingsgate Marriott. Please note that the special rate ends on June 7.
Individual Registration Fee: $600 (Includes all meals and workshop materials)
Group Rate: $550 (Applicable only to groups of three or more individuals from the same congregation)
Music That Makes Community is pleased to offer two related events in conjunction with our three-day workshop. Participants are invited to attend both free of charge.
- A paperless Community SING in the Northside neighborhood on Friday, June 30 at 7:30 p.m. (location TBD)
- Holistic Leadership Practices Workshop for the wider Cincinnati faith community on Saturday, July 1 from 10 am to 2 pm.
Support Your Local Sacred MusicianApril 11, 2017
On May 21st, 2017, I begin recording my ninth album (Number 9, Number 9…), tentatively called The Big Chants Project—a mostly live recording of multi-part chants and short songs. My co-conspirators are two friends and excellent NYC musicians: Mollie Nichols, who leads the choirs of the Church of the Heavenly Rest, and Ike Sturm and his quintet. Ike is the director of the Jazz Ministry at St. Peter’s Lutheran. Both Mollie and Ike are beautiful humans who’ve built loving and creative music programs. They understand the power that chanting and improvisation bring into the world and are excited to collaborate in bringing these chants to a wider audience. It’s a dream come true to work with them—but first I must raise enough money to make it a reality.
That’s where you come in. As a freelance musician and spreader of good cheer through the healing power of music-making, I am asking you to help this album come into being. Take a look at the budget below.
The Big Chants Album combines the joy of group singing with the ever-expanding devotion of improvisation. We will blur the lines of genre and bring people into closer relationship (you too!) through the art of musical reflection. Now is the time this album is needed in the world because slowing down, setting time apart to nourish ourselves, and nurturing our relationships with beauty and one another leads to deeper listening and more attentive perception of our place in the world.
Your support continues to mean everything as we begin this new project. The timeline is to record the first half on May 21st at St. Peter’s, the second half in September. Then we edit, mix, master, print, and release by November 1. I need to raise $75,000 by May 15th to make the album the best it can possibly be, insure just wages for all the participants, and to publicize its existence.
Here are a few ways you can give. One way (not tax-deductible) is through the donate button on my website. One-time or recurring donations are most welcome. You can also write a check and send it to me directly: Ana Hernández, 58-23 202nd Street, Bayside, NY 11364.
For a tax deductible gift, please give through the Church of the Heavenly Rest. Here’s the link for an online donation. You may also send a check to Church of the Heavenly Rest, Attn: Mollie Nichols, Music Dept., 2 E. 90th St., NY, NY 10128. Write Big Chants on the memo line.
I’m truly blessed to be part of a generous network of friends and colleagues, and I invite your prayers for the project. Your ongoing support of this work will continue to have a deepening impact on our hearts, the church, and the world.
Deep thanks, blessings, and peace from my heart to yours,
The Big Chants Project
Artist fees (rehearsals, recording sessions)
soloists, conductor, instrumentalists, adult choir, children’s choir $ 9,500
Arranging fees $ 2,500
Recording day provisions $ 500
Producers, engineer, recording, overdubs, editing, mixing, mastering $41,900
Manufacturing, printing, packaging, shipping, artwork, website $11,000
Publicist, publicity, radio promoter, travel $10,250
Do you think this looks like a lot of money? In a 2011 National Public Radio story, the cost to record one hit song was almost $79,000. This album may be an incredible bargain!