JUNE 29-30, 2022  |  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.

Inquries can be made to Christian Leithart ([email protected]) or Jarrod Richey ([email protected])

2021 Confirmed Presenters 

Peter J. Leithart

Theopolis Institute - Birmingham, AL
Dr. 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: "Heaven as Songscape"

Uriesou T. Brito

Pastor & Amateur Musician
Dr. 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.
Title: "Deus Ludens: The Playfulness of Singing in Luther's Theology"

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. Title: “Treating Hymn Tunes with Respect”

Ken Myers

Author / MarsHill Audio Journal
Ken Myers is the host and producer of the MARS HILL AUDIO Journal, a bimonthly audio magazine that examines issues in contemporary culture from a framework shaped by Christian conviction. He is the author of All God's Children and Blue Suede Shoes: Christians and Popular Culture (Crossway Books: 1989).

David R. Erb

Composer / Choir Director
Dr. 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.
Title: “Psalm Tones: Master Keys to Liturgical Music”

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.
Title: “No Lame Sacrifice”

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.
Title: "Musing on God's Music Image-Forming in the Psalms"

John R. Ahern

PhD Candidate / Medieval Music
John Ahern is a PhD candidate at Princeton University studying the history of Medieval music. He has written on church music and a variety of other topics for First Things, Ad Fontes, and the Theopolis Institute blog. He lives with his wife and son in New Jersey.
Title: “Why Contemporary Christian Music Will Always Win (For Now)”

Jarrod Richey

Musician  / Church of the Redeemer
Jarrod oversees music, choir and media for Church of the Redeemer. He serves as choir director for the church as well as oversees the church's hymnal and music projects. He is the author of BACH to the FUTURE: Fostering Music Literacy Today and more recently the general editor and contributing author for Raise the Song: A Classical Christian Guide to Music Education published by the Association of Classical Christian Schools (ACCS) in 2019. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Church Music and Worship from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX.
Title: The Fuging Psalm Tune—America’s Not-So-Formal Counterpoint

Paul Buckley

Musician / Theologian
Paul Buckley was for 13 years the director of worship and music at Grace Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Ocala, Florida. He teaches periodically at the Theopolis Institute in Birmingham, Alabama. He's a graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia and is a former assistant religion editor for The Dallas Morning News.

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 Last Year's PsalmTap (2020)

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