The Revised Catalogue of Vocal Solos and Duets Arranged in Biblical Order: With Helps Based on the Work of James Laster
Strommen, Diana Reed
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, College of Fine Arts and Communication
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The Revised Catalogue of Vocal Solos and Duets in Biblical Order satisfies the requirements of the culminating project for the Masters of Music Education degree from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. The intent of this project beyond academic exercise is to provide a useful tool for vocal soloists, church musicians, educators in the field of Music Ministry, academic libraries, music publishers and vendors by producing a current comprehensive "user friendly" worship planning resource and material list for solo voice. Future goals include update of this edition and expansion into software formats. The concept of The Revised Catalogue developed out of a need to organize the wealth of scriptural music available in such a way to make it readily accessible for worship planning. Although several scriptural or lectionary-based planners have been and are currently available for choral literature, it appears that James Laster's previous project represented the only comprehensive listing of vocal solo or duet music in Biblical order. Laster's work, having found its place in the music ministry, and in need of substantial revision, provided the groundwork for this project. One benefit of such organization is a considerable decrease in time required to search for titles based on scripture. In and of itself, the existence of such a listing encourages and supports thoughtful worship music planning in its identification of music written to specific Biblical text. A further benefit of this organization is in the very compilation of the wealth of scriptural music available for solo and duet voice. Finally, The Revised Catalogue of Vocal Solos and Duets Arranged in Biblical Order is intended to be a companion project to James Laster's Catalogue of Choral Music Arranged in Biblical Order. The revised edition includes: edited entries from the James Laster Catalogue, scriptural music not listed in the James Laster Catalogue, representation from an increased publisher base, page numbered indices, a bibliography of collections, and resource and lectionary listings pertinent to worship planning.