Music at GPPC
Visitors and long-time members alike cite the music program as one of the most important aspects in the life of Ginter Park Presbyterian Church; many are drawn to visit or join GPPC because of the music program. Douglas Brown, GPPC’s full-time director of music, has identified these strengths in the program:
- At GPPC, music is deeply rooted in worship, and worship is deeply rooted in scripture. During Sunday worship, music introduces, responds to, and reflects upon each text included in the service.
- At GPPC, music is diverse. Hymns, anthems, responses, and organ music come from many times and places.
- At GPPC, music is supported by architecture. Hard plaster walls and a vaulted ceiling help to empower the congregation to sing as God calls them to sing.
- At GPPC, music is supported by the congregation. GPPC members have a long tradition of caring deeply about the music program, and the openness of the congregation plays a key role in the strength of the program.
On February 28, 2008, Doug wrote an Op/Ed piece on “Music for Worship” for the Richmond Times Dispatch that describes much of the philosophy of church music that GPPC espouses. Read it here.