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Through interviews with composers, text writers, and more, "Open Your Hymnal" explores the most consequential liturgical music heard in churches around the world.

Open Your Hymnal Zack Stachowski & Matt Reichert

    • Christianity
    • 4.7 • 41 Ratings

Through interviews with composers, text writers, and more, "Open Your Hymnal" explores the most consequential liturgical music heard in churches around the world.

    OYH Lessons and Carols, 2020

    OYH Lessons and Carols, 2020

    We are closing out Advent and 2020 with our third annual “OYH Lessons & Carols.” You’ll hear a range of instrumental and choral music from a variety of composers. You’ll also hear readings from scripture and seasonal reflections woven throughout, read by friends of the podcast: Kate Williams, LaTonia Clark Chalmers, Genoa Arling, Ivy O’Connell, Audrey Reichert, and Clare Reichert..

    We hope that this celebration will serve as a moment of pause and reflection during this busy time of year.

    So, please open your hymnals!

    Songs of Advent: "This is Your Justice"

    Songs of Advent: "This is Your Justice"

    Happy Advent! As we journey through this sacred season toward the celebration of Christ’s birth we are spending time revisiting some of our favorite Advent music. Today we feature a conversation with Craig Colson about his piece “This is Your Justice,” filled with references to texts from the prophet Isaiah. In addition to excerpts from our interview with Craig you’ll hear an extended playlist, journeying through new and familiar music for the season. Make sure to visit our social media pages for more Advent music, and make sure you are subscribed so you don’t miss our upcoming Christmas special features, including the 2020 edition of our annual OYH Lessons and Carols.

    So, please open your hymnals to “This is Your Justice” and the music of Advent!

    OYH Selects: Creator of the Stars of Night

    OYH Selects: Creator of the Stars of Night

    We are proud to bring you this interview replay! This episode was originally posted in December, 2018.

    Happy New Liturgical Year! Advent has just begun, and to kick things off, we’re bringing you one of our favorite seasonal episodes from the past four years. Join Zack Stachowski and Matt Reichert as they speak with composer Carol Browning about “Creator of the Stars of Night.” Bob Moore stops by to talk about Carol’s music, and Fr. Anthony Ruff, OSB, gives some historical background to the 1,000-year-old chant hymn at the core of this piece. Plus, you’ll hear a bunch of great music in the OYH Playlist.

    So, please open your hymnal to "Creator of the Stars of Night."

    In Memoriam, 2020

    In Memoriam, 2020

    This week we celebrate the Feast of All Souls, and in this time of remembrance, we thought we’d take some time to honor the composers, text authors, and pastoral musicians who passed away over this last year. 

    In this episode, you’ll hear music from six members of our field who died between November 2019 and November 2020. As we celebrate their lives and their contributions, we hope you’ll join us and add in the names of your loved ones, colleagues, friends, mentors, choir members, neighbors – who died in 2020.

    In Every Age

    In Every Age

    We’ve been featuring the music of Janét Sullivan Whitaker in our episodes for several seasons. If you’re a long-time listener of the podcast, you’ve heard her compositions in many “OYH Playlist” segments and special themed episodes. We’re excited to finally feature an interview with Janét, and we discuss all of the usual topics: setting text, crafting melody, and more. We’ll also hear one of our favorite cringe-worthy cantor moments, and you don’t want to miss it.

    So, please open your hymnals to “In Every Age.”

    • 58 min
    Season 4 Kick-Off!

    Season 4 Kick-Off!

    It’s finally here! After an extended summer “break,” we’re happy to be back with an all new episode! Today we’re kicking-off Season 4 of Open Your Hymnal with a special preview episode. You’ll hear a run-down of the songs and composers we’ll be featuring in our upcoming season. You’ll also hear a little more about some of our new approach to programming and interviewing. Our first full interview episode will be out in just a few weeks.

    Of course, we have more plans in the works for Season 4 than we were able to talk about in today’s episode. We’ve got additional interviews, some surprise guests, lots of themed episodes, and more. If you haven’t already done so, follow us on social media (Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter). Subscribe so you’ll never miss an episode! You can subscribe to OYH on Apple Music, Spotify, and Google Play.

    We’re glad to have you with us for another season of the show. So, please open your hymnals to Season 4!

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

Notsureofmyself163 ,

Love the hymns

I tune in JUST to listen to the hymns. Bonus is the back story on them. You won’t be disappointed.

bodacious becky ,

Fantastic!

I highly recommend this podcast. Don’t wait to listen!

JesGarceau ,

History in the Making

Thanks for capturing the stories behind some of the most known pieces of our time while also introducing your listeners to new music and music that represents the wide diversity of our Church!

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