Charsie Sawyer

Charsie Sawyer is a professor of music at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she teaches voice and directs the gospel choir. She was also a member of the committee preparing the hymnal supplement Sing! A New Creation.


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  • African-American religious music has a life that is unique to its culture. Spirituals and black gospel music embody the rhythmic elements of syncopation, improvisation, metric variety, fervor, and simplicity with lyrical melodic phrases. The four songs on these pages use all of these elements and more. These hymns, all of which will be included in the new supplement Sing! A New Creation, are excellent choices for the Lent and Easter season. They transcend race, culture, and musical tradition, and are enjoyed by those who sing them.

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