Brandon Spence, Director of Liturgical Music, St. Andrew's Cathedral

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Director of Liturgical Music

St. Andrew's Cathedral

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St. Andrew's Cathedral

Background Information

Employment History

Director of Music

Sacred Heart Parish

Director of Music

Brandon D. Spence, D.M.A.

Education

A. Mus. D.

Music-performance

The University of Michigan

Bachelor of Science

performance

Old Dominion University

Certificate

Liturgical Studies

The University of Notre Dame

Liturgical Consultancy

Liturgical Studies (Consultancy)

Catholic Theological Union/Institute for Liturgical Consultants

Master of Music

Church Music

The University of Michigan

Master of Music

performance

The University of Michigan

Web References (24 Total References)


Brand new sound of music

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"In the future, we hope to expand the musical program at St. Andrew's," says Dr. Brandon Spence, Director of Music at St. Andrew's Cathedral.


Hall, a talented singer, "loved gospel ...

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Hall, a talented singer, "loved gospel music," said Brandon Spence, director of liturgical music at St. Andrew's Cathedral in Grand Rapids.


Staking their claim Black Catholics seek own identity in church

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"Why the Catholic faith is not attractive to more blacks is a puzzle to me," said Brandon Spence, director of liturgical music at St. Andrew's Cathedral and a lifelong Catholic."We (Catholics) do what we believe.Blacks understand that."

Reaching out
On the other hand, Spence said he has seen an increase in black attendance at the cathedral in his five years there.About 10 percent of the cathedral's roughly 700 English-speaking worshippers are black, the Rev. Thomas Bolster estimates.
Bolster says church members have reached out to their neighbors south of downtown with social services and invitations to worship, helping to create a rich mixture of cultures and liturgical styles.
"The place looks a little more like what heaven's going to look like," Bolster said.
...
Brandon Spence, the music director, says that is happening in a big way at St. Andrew's Cathedral.The racially mixed congregation hears songs in Spanish, Latin, Swahili and Polish, and every style from gospel to Gregorian chant.
"It's the only church I know where people go because everyone's different," Spence said.
Embracing all cultures
To him, the cathedral represents the best of what the Catholic Church has to offer blacks.
"It offers a great faith that can be expressed through your own culture.You don't have to give up your identity.


Staking their claim Black Catholics seek own identity in church

ja.mlive.com [cached]

"Why the Catholic faith is not attractive to more blacks is a puzzle to me," said Brandon Spence, director of liturgical music at St. Andrew's Cathedral and a lifelong Catholic."We (Catholics) do what we believe.Blacks understand that."

Reaching out
On the other hand, Spence said he has seen an increase in black attendance at the cathedral in his five years there.About 10 percent of the cathedral's roughly 700 English-speaking worshippers are black, the Rev. Thomas Bolster estimates.
Bolster says church members have reached out to their neighbors south of downtown with social services and invitations to worship, helping to create a rich mixture of cultures and liturgical styles.
"The place looks a little more like what heaven's going to look like," Bolster said.
...
Brandon Spence, the music director, says that is happening in a big way at St. Andrew's Cathedral.The racially mixed congregation hears songs in Spanish, Latin, Swahili and Polish, and every style from gospel to Gregorian chant.
"It's the only church I know where people go because everyone's different," Spence said.
Embracing all cultures
To him, the cathedral represents the best of what the Catholic Church has to offer blacks.
"It offers a great faith that can be expressed through your own culture.You don't have to give up your identity.


Staking their claim Black Catholics seek own identity in church

sa.mlive.com [cached]

"Why the Catholic faith is not attractive to more blacks is a puzzle to me," said Brandon Spence, director of liturgical music at St. Andrew's Cathedral and a lifelong Catholic."We (Catholics) do what we believe.Blacks understand that."

Reaching out
On the other hand, Spence said he has seen an increase in black attendance at the cathedral in his five years there.About 10 percent of the cathedral's roughly 700 English-speaking worshippers are black, the Rev. Thomas Bolster estimates.
Bolster says church members have reached out to their neighbors south of downtown with social services and invitations to worship, helping to create a rich mixture of cultures and liturgical styles.
"The place looks a little more like what heaven's going to look like," Bolster said.
...
Brandon Spence, the music director, says that is happening in a big way at St. Andrew's Cathedral.The racially mixed congregation hears songs in Spanish, Latin, Swahili and Polish, and every style from gospel to Gregorian chant.
"It's the only church I know where people go because everyone's different," Spence said.
Embracing all cultures
To him, the cathedral represents the best of what the Catholic Church has to offer blacks.
"It offers a great faith that can be expressed through your own culture.You don't have to give up your identity.

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