Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above {2016 Hymn Challenge}

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Wow, it’s already February! I finally sang through all six verses of my January hymn, Nearer My God to Thee, by memory last night. Barely beat the January clock… but it happened, and I’m sooo glad I memorized this hymn.

The prayer to be nearer to God’s heart is one that we can never ask too often, and Nearer My God to Thee was a really good hymn for me to sing over and over and over this month. January is gone, but I’m going to learn from these lyrics for a long time.

For February, I chose the lovely little five-verse hymn, Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above. The lyrics go like this:

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Sing praise to God who reigns above, the God of all creation,
The God of power, the God of love, the God of our salvation.
With healing balm my soul is filled and every faithless murmur stilled:
To God all praise and glory.

What God’s almighty power hath made His gracious mercy keepeth,
By morning glow or evening shade His watchful eye ne’er sleepeth;
Within the kingdom of His might, Lo! all is just and all is right:
To God all praise and glory.

The Lord is never far away, but through all grief distressing,
An ever present help and stay, our peace and joy and blessing.
As with a mother’s tender hand, God gently leads the chosen band:
To God all praise and glory.

Thus, all my toilsome way along, I sing aloud Thy praises,
That earth may hear the grateful song my voice unwearied raises.
Be joyful in the Lord, my heart, both soul and body bear your part:
To God all praise and glory.

Let all who name Christ’s holy name give God all praise and glory;
Let all who own His power proclaim aloud the wondrous story!
Cast each false idol from its throne, for Christ is Lord, and Christ alone:
To God all praise and glory.

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What good words, right? I chose this one because I need to be reminded to sing praises to God all the time. ALL THE TIME. All the time. In the very best moments of the day, on the days that aren’t great at all, in perfect order, and in perfect chaos, we should sing God’s praises. Joyfully, readily, deeply.

That’s my prayer for this month, and this hymn will help me to keep that prayer on my tongue.

So, hymn #2! Let’s do this! <3 #hymnchallenge2016

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My 2015 Music Goals: Mid-Year Update

Lacie Bowman Music // 2015 Goals

Happy July, everyone!

I can’t believe half the year is already gone. Wow. Back in January I wrote out my music-related goals for this year, and here’s the mid-year update on how they are going so far!

Personal Goals

// Maintain all pieces from my 2014 Repertoire Challenge.
Last Summer I challenged myself to learn 24 pieces on the piano in 24 weeks. I learned 112 pages of music in that time, and it was a quite a challenge indeed. But even harder was maintaining them all at the same time. This year my goal is to get them all back to performance level and then keep them for all of forever. Currently, I can sit down at anytime and play 12 of the 24:

Bach Fugue No. 2 in c minor
Bach Prelude No. 6 in d minor
Brahms Waltz in A-flat, Op. 59, No. 15
Chopin Waltz Op. 69, No. 2
Clementi Sonata in D Major, Op. 4, No. 1, Mvt. 1
Debussy Arabesque 1
Debussy Clair de Lune
Dvorak Humoresque, Op. 102, No. 7
Granados May Song, Op. 1, No. 3
Greig Arietta, Op. 12, No. 1
Mozart Sonata K. 331, Mvt. 3, “Alla Turca”
Pieczonka Tarantella in a minor

// Learn or re-learn 1 new piece / month on violin & piano – 24 total.
One might say I spent the first half of the year focusing on violin repertoire. I’ve already learned 2 more than the original 12 I challenged myself to do on violin this year, but only 3 of 12 on the piano. That means I’ve got 9 piano pieces to learn between now and the new year. Here’s what I’ve got so far:

Lacie Bowman MusicVIOLIN: 14 of 12
Bach Concerto for Two Violins, Mvt. 1
Vivaldi Concerto in a minor, Mvt. 1
Vivaldi Concerto in a minor, Mvt. 2
Vivaldi Concerto in a minor, Mvt. 3
Pachelbel Canon in D
Massenet Meditation from Thais
Monti Czardas
Williams Theme from Schindler’s List
Saint-Saens The Swan
Bach Air on G String
Purcell Hornpipe
Lovland Hymn to Hope
Vangelis Hymne
Handel Arrival of the Queen of Sheba

PIANO: 3 of 12
Bach Italian Concerto, Mvt. 3
Chopin Prelude in c minor
Smith The Giving

// Relearn all Major and minor (natural, harmonic, & melodic) scales, arpeggios, inversions  (I, IV, V, MmVII), and cadences on piano. 
One might also say I have NOT focused on scales. As in, not at all. So these next six months should prove to be fun… 48 scales and 24 arpeggios, inversions, and cadences, here we come!

// Memorize lyrics from 12 hymns.
I’ve memorized 6 of 12: The Church’s One Foundation, God of the Ages, Be Still My Soul, Before the Throne of God Above, Not What My Hands Have Done, & Praise My Soul the King of Heaven

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// Have a Solo Violin & Piano Recital.
DONE! We had our recital – An Evening of Classics & Hymns – on March 10th, and boy, we had a blast. (See the photos here.). We have a second one – A Classical Christmas – planned for December 1st, so mark your calendars!

Remembering WWII // Lacie Bowman Music// Coordinate Music for Remembering WWII.
Currently doing prep-work for the event, working with the event coordinators and performers, and starting a preliminary schedule! We’ll be having a fabulous USO-style show on Friday night (25th), plus a bunch of lovely music sprinkled throughout the whole day on Saturday (26th). It’s less than 3 months away… Hope you’ll join us!
[More info here: www.RememberingWWII.com]

// Perform (vocal) for Remembering WWII.
Picking and arranging some of my favorite wartime songs… This year I’ve got Vera Lynn, Bing Crosby, and Irving Berlin in the mix!


// Write 8 new arrangements for violin, piano, and/or string ensembles.

COMPLETED
The Church’s One Foundation (Violin & Piano)
Day by Day (String Ensemble – 3 Violins, Cello, Piano)

CURRENT
Agnus Dei (String Ensemble)

NEXT UP
Sleigh Ride (String Ensemble)
Still, Still, Still (String Ensemble)

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// Read 5 books on music.

COMPLETED:
Raising Musical Kids (Kavanaugh)
CURRENTLY READING:
A History of Western Music (Grout)


// Complete an exciting secret project I’ve been working on this last year.
DONE!!! In March I published my first book of hymn arrangements for violin and piano, God of the Ages! I am SO excited about it.

SEE A PREVIEW of the book here and ORDER YOUR COPY here!

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Studio Goals

// Expand my music studio.
Enjoying summer lessons, choosing new student repertoire, and making plans for new students in the fall.

// Expand my repertoire library and teaching materials – purchase at least 12 new music books for myself and/or my students.

PURCHASED 3 of 12:
Bach Notebook for Anna Magdalena (Henle edition)
Chopin Complete Preludes (Paderewski Edition)
Bastien Piano Literature, Volume 4

// Organize & systematize my music area.
Organizing, check. Systematizing, next up.

// Have my 1890s piano reconditioned.
We’re gettin there.

Blog & Social Media Goals

// Expand The Music Blog & add some exciting new features & pages.
In March I launched my new website, www.LacieBowmanMusic.com {how’s that for expanding? lol!}, which came with several new pages and features including a STUDIO page, a PHOTO gallery, and a STORE! Go check it out!

{P.S. Soon The Music Blog will be moved to that new address as well, so be looking out for that!}

// Hit 100 blog posts.
Up to 56… 44 to go. mm

// Do 4 giveaways this year!
January’s giveaway had 239 entries & 3 winners. It was loads of fun. MY NEXT GIVEAWAY IS THIS MONTH. I can’t tell you what it is yet… so stay tuned!

// Create 12 new FREE downloads for my free downloads page.
None yet… But I’ll be giving away a ton of new ones (theory sheets, activity sheets, and even a piece or two) next month in honor of summer ending!

// Become active on Google+.
Check! ADD ME HERE.

// Create a Youtube channel and post 12 videos by the end of year.
I started a channel, but I wouldn’t call it active… yet. One video posted so far with a few more in the works. I will be getting a few teaching tutorials up in the next couple months, so check my channel again soon! (or SUBSCRIBE HERE)

 

Dream Goal:

// Learn Cello.
Sigh. Not yet, my friends… not yet. But IT WILL HAPPEN.

 

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What music-related activities have you been enjoying this year?

 

 

Photos from An Evening of Classics & Hymns

 

Here are some photos from our concert Tuesday night!  We had an hour of music, 120 people, and SO much fun.

Thank you, THANK YOU to all of you wonderful friends, old and new, who spent the evening with us! We made such wonderful memories with you all and can’t wait until next time.

 

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Lacie Bowman Music | An Evening of Classics & Hymns.  www.LacieBowmanMusic.com

Lacie Bowman Music | An Evening of Classics & Hymns.  www.LacieBowmanMusic.com

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Bach Double with this girl… So much fun. Twins at heart!

 

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My newly published Collection of Hymns Arrangements for Violin & Piano, God of the Ages.

 

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With my main music editor and favorite piano accompanist. Love this girl!

 

 

 Next recital date and videos coming soon, so stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

THANK YOU, Friends… Recital Preview!

 

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We had SUCH a wonderful time at our concert last night! Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to all of you wonderful people who came out to spend the evening with us. It was wonderful to meet so many new friends and visit with so many old ones. Can’t wait until next time!

More pictures and videos coming here and on my Facebook page soon, so stay tuned!

 

 

 

You’re Invited to An Evening of Classics & Hymns with Lacie Bowman & Laura Verret

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AN EVENING OF CLASSICS & HYMNS

Tuesday, March 10th
6:30 PM
Free admission.
Reception immediately following the performances.
First Baptist Church, Hohenwald, TN

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Dear Tennessee Friends,

My sister Laura & I would love for you to join us on Tuesday, March 10th for an evening of music and fellowship!

We will be playing many classics, including works by Vivaldi, Beethoven, Bach, Pachelbel, Kriesler, Massenet, and other classical composers, as well as a number of solo and ensemble hymns that I have arranged for violin and piano.

We will also have the delight of Ellen & Natasha Vernier and Audri Botkin joining us for a variety of ensemble music for violin, cello, and piano.

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We’re so excited about this, and we hope you will join us! A reception and time for fellowship will immediately follow the music in the same building.

EVERYONE IS WELCOME, so please bring your whole family and some friends. The more the merrier!

Stay tuned over the next 3 weeks, as we’ll be sharing peeks into the program through videos and pictures here on the blog, on my Instagram page, and over on our Facebook page.

If you would like, you can also RSVP and / or invite your friends to the recital via our Facebook Event Page: An Evening of Classics & Hymns

 

We hope to see you there!

Lacie

 

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Student Performance Video: Telemann Bourrée in a minor

 

I’ve started a youtube channel, and I’ll be working on a variety of music-related videos and tutorials to share over the coming weeks and months.

Here is my first upload – one of my young piano students performing at one of my studio recitals. It’s one of my favorite pieces… I adore pretty much anything Baroque!

Enjoy!

 

Telemann Bourrée in a minor

PERFORMED BY SAGAN WATT
AGE 11, 1 1/2 YEARS OF PIANO STUDY

Lessons & Carols 2014

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The Sunday before Christmas, my little family and I enjoyed a Christmas choir performance my sister was a part of – Lessons & Carols.  It was wonderful.  The carol arrangements & descants were beautifully unique, and they were performed well.

The choir sang several old favorites — O Come All Ye Faithful, The First Noel, Angels We Have Heard on High — but I also heard a few pieces that immediately became new favorites for me… especially Carol of the Star by Donald Moore. You have to hear it.  It’s breathtaking.

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This was my tiny man’s first concert, and he enjoyed every minute of it.  I’m pretty sure he studied every person in the choir, instrument ensemble, and audience.  :)  He didn’t fuss once!!

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My sister with the choir’s gracious and talented director, Mrs. Christy Stouffer. What a wonderful evening. I’m really looking forward to next year.

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Join Us for Wartime Music at Remembering WWII

 

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I’m so excited about the Remembering WWII event this weekend!

We’re going to relive history.  We’ll get to meet WWII veterans, hear their stories, watch live battle reenactments with reenactors dressed to the 9s, check out the vintage civilian & military vehicle show, and learn from historians about the war and surrounding times.

AND HEAR LIVE WARTIME MUSIC!

I’ve been organizing the music for this event, and let me tell you – it’s gonna be grand! Here are some of the titles you’ll hear:

 

Be Like a Kettle and Sing
The White Cliffs of Dover
Coming In On a Wing And a Prayer
We’re In the NAVY

Ac-cen-tchu-ate the Positive
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
How Deep is the Ocean
If You Really Love Me
It Hurts to Say Goodbye
I’ll be With You in Apple Blossom Time
Chattanooga Choo Choo
Let’s Remember Pearl Harbor

 

We’re going to have solos, duets, trios, quartets, quintets, AND a children’s choir, PLUS a Big Band concert at lunch time!

I’ll be singing three melodies made popular by my favorite wartime singer, Vera Lynn: If You Really Love Me, White Cliffs of Dover, & It Hurts to Say Goodbye.

I’ve been busy this month arranging the piano parts for the three pieces, and I can’t wait to sing them tomorrow for the vets tomorrow.

 

Some of our Reenactors.
Some of our Reenactors.

 

The event admission is FREE!  So, if you’re in central Tennessee and would like to drop in, here are the particulars:

 

Saturday, September 27th

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Downtown Linden, TN

FREE Admission

 

Here is the complete schedule for the day, and here are directions and an event map.  Hope you can come by!

 

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Stay tuned for photos and videos on the blog next week!

Go follow my music profile on Instagram to see live updates!

Studio Recital!

It’s Spring Recital time, and everyone is posting recital pictures!  Since I moved across the country 3 months ago and had a baby 1 month ago, my studio isn’t quite up and running yet – soon!  Still, I thought I’d join the fun and post some pictures from one of my past recitals.

I really love recital nights.  It’s satisfying to watch the students enjoy the results of their hours of practice and to see a semester of hard work draw to a close.   Not to mention visiting with all of the guests, meeting new friends, dressing up, and, well yes…  the food.  :)

It’s grand all around.

 Lacie Bowman Music Studio | Christmas Recital

Lacie Bowman Music Studio | Christmas Recital

Lacie Bowman Music Studio | Christmas Recital

Lacie Bowman Music Studio | Christmas Recital

 Before recitals start, I usually find my students huddled in little groups, giving each other pep-talks.  It’s so sweet to see them interact this way.  Definitely makes a teacher smile inside.

Lacie Bowman Music Studio | Christmas Recital

Lacie Bowman Music Studio | Christmas Recital

 Micah performed Away in Manger and Gurlitt’s Indian Dance.  It was her first recital!

Lacie Bowman Music Studio | Christmas Recital

 Clair performed Telemann’s Gavotte in g minor, Bach’s Minuet in g minor, and Slavic Dance by G.P. Tingley.

Lacie Bowman Music Studio | Christmas Recital

 Kylie performed Bach’s March in D Major and an arrangement I wrote of Ode to Joy.

Lacie Bowman Music Studio | Christmas Recital

 Tia performed Bach’s Bourrée in F and Portrait of Remembrance (Anon.).

Lacie Bowman Music Studio | Christmas Recital

Lacie Bowman Music Studio | Christmas Recital

 Paige performed Chopin’s Prelude in b minor, Op. 28 No. 6 and Diabelli’s Sonatina in F, Op. 168, No. 1 – Mvt. 1.

Lacie Bowman Music Studio | Christmas Recital

Lacie Bowman Music Studio | Christmas Recital

 Sagan performed Clementi’s Sonatina in C, Op. 36, No. 1 – Mvt. 1, my arrangement of O Come, O Come Emmanuel, and Telemann’s Bourrée in a minor.

Lacie Bowman Music Studio | Christmas Recital

Lacie Bowman Music Studio | Christmas Recital

Kylie performed Clementi’s Sonatina in C, Op. 36. No. 3, an arrangement I wrote of Morning Has Broken, and Vandall’s Toccata in a minor.

Lacie Bowman Music Studio | Christmas Recital

Lacie Bowman Music Studio | Christmas Recital

Sarah performed Chopin’s Waltz in a minor, Op. 34, No. 2, my arrangement of Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silent, and Mendelssohn’s Praeludium in e minor.

Lacie Bowman Music Studio | Christmas Recital

Lacie Bowman Music Studio | Christmas Recital

Lacie Bowman Music Studio | Christmas Recital

Lacie Bowman Music Studio | Christmas Recital

Lacie Bowman Music Studio | Christmas Recital

Lacie Bowman Music Studio | Christmas Recital

Lacie Bowman Music Studio | Christmas Recital

Lacie Bowman Music Studio | Christmas Recital

Lacie Bowman Music Studio | Christmas Recital

Lacie Bowman Music Studio | Christmas Recital

Lacie Bowman Music Studio | Christmas Recital

Lacie Bowman Music Studio | Christmas Recital

Lacie Bowman Music Studio | Christmas Recital I always like to play a piece at the end of the program.   This recital Laura & I performed the Theme from Schindler’s List.

I really missed having a recital this semester.  Looking forward to getting back into the swing of things!

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Share a link to your recital pics in the comments below – I’d love to see yours!!

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