From June 30 to July 4 2019 the Association of Anglican Musicians held their yearly conference in Boston, MA, and I had the privilege to attend. Over 300 musicians from churches and cathedrals across the country met to sing, pray, attend concerts, workshops and worship together in the historic New England city. It was especially meaningful for me since I was able to visit with old friends and old familiar churches and chapels. The prize for traveling the furthest went to me with Clay Logue from St. John’s Maui as a close second.
Sunday evening June 30 included an opening Eucharist and later compline at Trinity Episcopal church in Copley Square and on Monday evening a solemn evensong was held at Church of the Advent with the Right Reverend Alan Gates Bishop of Massachusetts preaching. On Tuesday evening the All Saints Ashmont and St Paul’s R.C. choirs combined for another solemn evensong followed by a lively concert of American Sacred Music presented by the Boston Camerata. Wednesday included Lutheran Morning Prayer at First Lutheran Church, a historic event, the first time AAM has been hosted for a service by a Missouri Synod Lutheran Church.
Perhaps the highlight of the conference came on Thursday July 4 when all the conferees gathered at Old North Church for Morning Prayer according to the 1789 prayer book complete with 18th and 19th century shape-note hymns. The conference ended with a banquet at the Hyatt Regency on the Cambridge side overlooking the Charles River and the incredible fireworks display. Since we had no accompanying music, we couldn’t hear the Boston Pops on the Esplanade, but the 300 musicians broke out into every patriotic song imaginable…in 4 part harmony of course!
Mahalo nui loa to Fr. Moki and the cathedral for supporting me for this great collegial event.
Here’s a video of a hymn we sang inn the Old North Church: Hymn in Old North Church