JUNE 24-25, 2020  |  West Monroe, LA  |  9am-3pm

Psalm Tap is a colloquium where pastors and musicians discuss the nuts and bolts of composing and teaching music in the church.

When we follow the psalmist’s encouragement to sing new songs to the Lord (Ps. 98), we are faced with a lineup of questions: What should these new songs sound like? How should we sing them? What instruments (if any) should accompany them? Above all, where does the book of Psalms fit into the picture?

At Psalm Tap, church musicians will present new compositions (musical and lyrical) to an audience with a vested interest in their quality and discuss the best ways of learning and singing them. By gathering together in one place, we will find answers to some of the questions above. If you are a church musician, a pastor, or merely a churchgoer with a psalter and some strong opinions, consider joining us.

2020 COLLOQUIUM PRESENTERS

Peter J. Leithart

Theopolis Institute - Birmingham, AL
Peter Leithart is author of numerous books that seem to always help understand music in more central ways. He will be presenting on music as the fulfillment of the human vocation to be priest, king, and prophet. Title: "Music Man."

Uriesou T. Brito

Pastor & Amateur Musician
Pastor Uri Brito is a boisterous singer and preacher and understands the vital role of joyful, hearty singing plays for not only the worship of the Triune God, but the life of his bride--the Church. 

Michael E. Owens

Church Musician / Piano Technician
Michael Owens is a music engraver and hymnal editor who has been serving the Reformed and Mennonite communities from south-eastern PA, since 1994. His calling is to make more music more available to more people. His editorial output includes the Cantus Christi 2020.

John Mason Hodges

 Musician / Author
John Mason Hodges is composer and orchestral conductor by training. He is also the Director of the Center for Western Studies in Memphis, TN. He has served in church music over the course of his career.

David R. Erb

Church Musician / Composer
David Erb is Fellow of Music at New Saint Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho. He is author of original Psalm compositions published as "Cantica Sanctorum". He previously was minister of music at Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho.

Donald P. Owens II

Poet / Amateur Musician
Donald has been writing poetry from his youth, and his versifications have been published in several Psalters including the new Cantus Christi. He pastored a church in NY for 9 years, during which time he introduced the congregation to Psalm-singing. He is an apologist for the English language and for singing the Psalms well.

Dan Kreider

Church Musician / Hymn Engraver
Dan Kreider Minister of Music at Grace Immanuel Bible Church in Jupiter, FL. He received a doctorate in music from the University of South Carolina. Dan has taught music at the secondary and collegiate level, as well as serving in music ministry since 2007. He oversees their HymnWorks.com and GraceMusic ministries.

Scott Aniol

Musician / Church Music Professor
Scott Aniol, PhD, is an author, speaker, and teacher of culture, worship, aesthetics, and church ministry philosophy. He is Associate Professor and Chair of PhD Worship studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, he founded Religious Affections Ministries, he lectures around the country in churches, conferences, colleges, and seminaries, and he has authored several books and dozens of articles.

FrEquently Asked QUestions

Where can I stay?
You are responsible for finding your own lodging. There are several local hotels available  You may also contact the church secretary, Jackie Peacock, at (318) 323-3061 for information about staying with a church family.
What airport should I fly into?
The most convenient airport is Monroe (MLU).
How much does it cost? The colloquium is free. Donations are welcomed.
Why "Psalm Tap?"
1) “Tap” can mean the root or source of something (a faucet, beer tap, taproot), as psalms are to church music; 2) “tap” as a verb means accessing that source; 3) “tap” has musical connotations, as in tapping your foot to the beat. Also, it's an assonant spondee, which is fun. 

Watch the 2020 PsalmTap

Watch the ten sessions from the 2020 PsalmTap Church Music Colloquium on Church of the Redeemer's YouTube Channel where it was live streamed.

INTERESTED IN HEARING MORE ABOUT THIS EVENT?

We'd love to hear from you if you have questions. Contact Jarrod Richey for more information.