The Rhode Island Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (RIAGO) is pleased to announce its Second Annual Lois Conboy Memorial Awards 2021, established by The Reverend Thomas Conboy, Jr. in memory of his wife Lois, to further interest in and study of the organ. There are three Scholarship Awards: a Young Artist Award ($1,200), an Encouragement Award ($500) and a Discovery Award ($300).
The Young Artist Award is open to anyone who is a New England native or resident, 30 years old or younger, and is or has been or will be enrolled in a program of organ study at a University, Conservatory or College, or is a graduate of any music program. The Encouragement Award is open to any undergraduate or graduate student who is a Rhode Island native or resident, 30 years old or younger, and is or has been or will be enrolled in a program of organ study at a University, Conservatory or College, or is a graduate of any music program. The Discovery Award is for anyone in Rhode Island who wants to learn more about the organ, regardless of age. The Award money may be used to pay for organ lessons, Pipe Organ Encounters (POE) workshops or any other program involving organ discovery and learning.
- Deadline for submissions for the Young Artist and Encouragement Awards is May 1st. Winners to be announced on or before June 1st.
- The Discovery Award accepts submissions on a rolling basis and is awarded on a first come first served basis. Applications are open until November 2021.
- Only one award per candidate in any given year and any previous Young Artist Winners are ineligible to apply again.
For more information please see the attached materials or write RIAGO.Awards@gmail.com
Streaming License Grants
These grants are no longer available as of December 31, 2021.
To apply to this grant for up to $300.00 you must:
- Go to https://onelicense.net/ to determine the streaming/podcast license that you need. There are two options:
Limited Podcast / Streaming License
Annual License/Podcast/Streaming Bundle
*Please read all options for streaming license on website. It is not a one size fits all license, there are many variables for you to consider what is best for your church. Consult with Choir and/Music directors about what music they are using. You may already have a OneLicense License and just need to add the Streaming License. For questions about Onelicense and what they have to offer please visit https://onelicense.net/how-it-works
- Submit your Grant Request by using this link Streaming Grant Application provided by CDC.
Once your request is received and approved; we will be able to process the request.
- The Diocese will send the funds to your church in the form of a check made out to your church.
The next step will be for your church to set up your account and purchase your license in your church’s name at https://onelicense.net/
Bells have had a long history in the church and were used all over Europe to toll time and to call people to prayer and worship. More specifically, handbells were popular in the UK before being introduced to America in the early 20th century, and unlike other musical ensembles, one is able to play in a handbell (or chime) choir without having any previous experience or musical background. The unique sound of handbells is a beautiful and joyous accompaniment to the liturgy when used with psalms and chant, random ringing, or in handbell repertoire.
The Jubilate Ringers is an ecumenical group of musicians sponsored by St. Luke’s in East Greenwich. Dan Moore is Director of this ensemble which rings four octaves of hand bells and three octaves of hand chimes. Their music is heard at concerts and many community festivals. To learn more about the Jubilate Ringers please call Rodney Ayers, Minster of Music, at 401-884-4116 or email the Music Department.
Handbell and Chime Resources
- Handbell Musicians of America is a national organization
- Type “Handbells for Children” into a search engine and find lots of resources on how to start a children’s handbell choir; read Ashley’s blog for ideas and inspiration
- One of the major handbell and hand chimes supplier is Schulmerich Bell Company
Music in the Episcopal Church can be as diverse as its worship services. Although final authority over the music used in an Episcopal service is “the duty of every Minister” (Canon 24, Section 1), our hymnal draws all Episcopalians together musically in the same way that the Book of Common Prayer draws us together in prayer and liturgy. Most recently revised in 1982, The Hymnal of the Episcopal Church offers 720 hymns in addition to liturgical music. While some of the hymns date back to monastic chants, the hymnal offers more modern music as well.
Hymnals approved for use in the Episcopal Church are available for purchase through Church Publishing
- The Hymnal 1982
- Supplements to the Hymnal 1982
- Lift Every Voice and Sing II
- Wonder, Love, and Praise
- Come Celebrate! A Hymnal Supplement
- El Himnario
- Songs for Celebration
Books for Music and Liturgical Planning
- The Episcopal Musician’s Handbook by the Living Church Foundation
- Liturgical Music for the Revised Common Lectionary by Carl P. Daw Jr. and Thomas Pavlechko
Sheet Music and Sacred Music Resource Suppliers
A Sampling of Psalters
Available for purchase through Episcopal Bookstore, Church Publishing, and other booksellers.
- The Anglican Psalter edited by John Scott
- The Anglican Psalter Online – Edited by Alect Wyton
- The Ionian Psalter available for purchase by churches through Ionian Arts
- The St. Alban’s Psalter – Rarely-viewed 12th c manuscript is now available online
- The Portland Psalter Book One: Liturgical Years ABC edited by Robert A. Hawthorne
- The Portland Psalter Book Two, Responsorial Psalms for Congregation, Cantor & Choir edited by Robert A. Hawthorne
- The Plainsong Psalter edited by James Litton
- The Emergent Psalter by Isaac Everett
- The Genevan Psalter by David T. Koyzis
- A HymnTune Psalter by Carl P. Daw, Jr. and Kevin R.Hackett
- Saint Dunstan’s Plainsong Psalter available for purchase on andrewespress.com
- A New Metrical Psalter by Christopher L. Webber
- More Psalters from Church Publishing