AFPC members have access to thousands of curated anthems for children through the Church Music Institute online libraries and other resources. Entries all have PDF samples, and can be searched by 17 criteria, including lectionary and scripture reference. The Choral Library contains over 1,700 titles specifically for children, and thousands more for unison, two part, two equal voices, two and three part mixed, SA, SSA and SAB voicings. Over 200 anthems are included for children as an additional choir with adults. The session will explore how to find the right music for any group of children or youth for a liturgical season, and also explore how available instruments can be part of the search, including handbells.
Dr. Charlotte Kroeker Executive Director, Church Music Institute
Charlotte Kroeker, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the Church Music Institute in Dallas, Texas, coming from the research faculty in the Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame. Prior to working full time in church music, she was a tenured university piano professor and administrator. Concurrent with doctoral work in piano, she studied organ performance and literature, serving churches as organist/choir director in part time capacities throughout her academic career. Dr. Kroeker is editor of Music in Christian Worship: At the Service of the Liturgy, Liturgical Press, author of The Sounds of Our Offerings: Achieving Excellence in Church Music, Alban Institute, author of articles and essays on church music and reviewer of piano music for The Pastoral Musician. She teaches seminary courses in church music and is a presenter for professional and denominational gatherings. At the Church Music Institute she oversees program development and research in addition to administrative functions, including oversight for the 20,000 title Choral and 15,000 title Organ online Libraries.