Studying and Singing the Psalms

Dr. Jane Pettegree

Dr Jane Pettegree of the University of St Andrews gives an account of a day when the University joined forces with the Royal School of Church Music to study the psalms in their various types of setting, but doing so not by hearing lectures but by singing. In so doing, differences were uncovered but possibilities in other people’s pratice were revealed. In a ‘participant-led’ process, related issues were explored and the value of the psalms to church and culture was confirmed. A format was also shared which showed how chant could be accessible to worshippers from different backgrounds.

Volume 58 pp 17-25
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Jane Pettegree is a Lecturer in the Music Centre of the University of St Andrews, contributes to the MLitt programme in Sacred Music offered jointly by the Music Centre and the School of Divinity (St Mary’s College), and is an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of English. Dr Pettegree also hosts an online blog called Soundyngs: Conversations on the History of Scottish Music (widely interpreted) and writes on theatre and opera. She directs the choir at St Andrew’s Episcopal Church, St Andrews, and contributes to events sponsored by the Royal School of Church Music. She has recently become a member of the Church Service Society.