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Monday, November 21 2016
A Lot of Education Going On!

It has been a busy and exciting fall season for MSW Education. 

Worship Technology Workshop Update:

Last month, in conjunction with Desert View Bible Church (Phoenix), the MSW team offered a very successful Worship Technology Workshop. This free event, led by Rob Moore and Caleb Kilian (with support from Dwight Kilian, Bob Fabey, and Russell Schmidt), helped participants learn more about sound reinforcement and visual media and their use in sacred spaces. With the guidance of Rob and Caleb, we all gained a better understanding of how an effective use of technology can support and elevate worship.

Plans are already being made with Mike Bohlmann and our other friends at Desert View Bible Church for the next MSW Education workshop to be presented there. Stay tuned for an announcement soon regarding a spring workshop for church musicians.

Valley Jazz Cooperative - Performances and Auditions

On a different front, the Valley Jazz Cooperative program continues to develop. Earlier this month, the East Valley Jazz Cooperative presented a combo performance at Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church (Gilbert), under the direction of Russell Schmidt. The 11/06/16 concert was well-attended and the students performed beautifully. In addition to performing pieces by jazz legends such as John Coltrane and Freddie Hubbard, the students also performed two free improvisations based on programmatic nouns suggested by the audience: Oak Leaves and Rainbow.

The performance of Oak Leaves/Rainbow led to a wonderful breakdown of the usual barrier between performers and audience, as those in attendance engaged in discussion with Russ regarding the free improvisations they had just heard. What began as a concert quietly morphed into more of a lecture-recital, as the ideas behind free improvisation---and the creative opportunities afforded the students in such settings---were discussed openly.

The audience thoroughly enjoyed the entire performance that day. And, after the event, many attendees expressed great admiration to Russ for what the Valley Jazz Cooperative is doing to develop the creative impulses and artistic gifts of its students.


So where can you next see a Valley Jazz Cooperative group in concert? At the end of this month at Mesa Community College!

At 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 30th, the East Valley Jazz Cooperative and the Mesa Community College Jazz Band will share a date at the MCC Performing Arts Center (1520 South Longmore, Mesa, AZ 85202). After the EVJC performs to open the concert, the MCC Jazz Band will take the stage, under the direction of MCC alum Paul Brewer.  CLICK Image for flyer. >>>>>>

For more information about the performance or to purchase tickets ($6/$7/$8), visit the MCC events page here. And as the VJC is currently in the middle of another audition cycle, parents of young musicians interested in participating in the East Valley Jazz Cooperative are encouraged to learn more about the program here (About EVJC) and here (VJC Audition Info). (The Valley Jazz Cooperative is an educational initiative of Music Serving the Word Ministries.)

Contact Russell Schmidt, Coordinator, of Education for more information

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Thursday, July 30 2015

"Mabel", Dwight Kilian's bass (pictured here with Bob Ravenscroft) has made it safely to Minneapolis.  If you live in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, join Bob, Dwight, and Mabel for Sunday worship on August 2, 2015.  Click the flyer below for more info.

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Thursday, June 25 2015
Introducing BASS x 2 + 1

Meet BASS x 2+1


BASS x 2 +1 EQUALS...three highly-skilled musicians with a unique sound and dynamic style, bringing you favorite hymns and traditional spiritual songs.  BASS x 2 + 1 features Dwight Kilian-acoustic bass, Todd Johnson-electric bass and vocalist Vicki McDermitt.

Two basses and a chirp...what's that sound like?  Experience it yourself now - for FREE!

Download this FREE track:  "Rock of Ages"

Preivew the track with this player:

Come See Us LIVE!

We invite you to join us for an afternoon of Cool Hymns on a Hot Day with BASS x 2 +1 and live viual arts on 
August 30th, 2015 at 1:30 PM in Gold Canyon, AZ

Superstition Foothills Baptist Church
6338 S. Kings Ranch Road, Gold Canyon, AZ 85118

ph:480-983-9025 -- On Kings Ranch Road just east of I-60

New album Being Reco​rded by BASS x 2+1

Coming this December, look for our full-length CD featuring favorite hymns, such as:

  • The Old Rugged Cross
  • My Jesus I Love Thee
  • Jesus Loves Me
  • When the Roll is Called Up Yonder

Look for more information about our new CD release in the fall of 2015.  Please contact us to learn more, and join our mailing list for updates on concerts, ministry events, and new releases.

Dwight Kilian
Music Director
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Tuesday, June 16 2015
Sometimes God Wants Us To Stop

I started my day by getting up early so I could take the MSW ministry van in for repairs. My morning was a blur of rushing and stressing to get things done quickly so I could get out to the office early. I felt tasks were beginning to pile up and I wanted to get a few things accomplished before the day really got going and rehearsals started.

When I made it to the office I thought, “man I’m really doing good, thanks God.” That’s when I realized I didn't have my keys to the office. Now I was faced with a choice. Do I let myself get angry and even more frustrated? Or, do I look for the blessing in this?  I walked over to Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center to just take a moment and on the way I thought, “You know, maybe God’s trying to tell me to stop.”

When I returned to my truck I sat for a moment with my windows down and found myself listening to the trickling of water coming from the fountain outside the office and the birds singing all around me in the trees. 

As I sat and listened, I decided to read some Sarah Young and Oswald Chambers. All of sudden I realized “O my goodness, I have Bob Ravenscroft’s Morning Glories that I can listen to.  Technology is wonderful; with a few clicks I was able to listen to the Morning Glories recording and continue my morning meditation. 

What a turn of events: God said, “stop” and what a beautiful time I had with Him for about 20 minutes. Then Caleb pulls in for work early - he had keys!  I still had time enough to get into the office before rehearsals and even to prepare coffee for the team. 

My lesson from this is that I have to pay attention to what God is trying to tell me.  Sometimes in the midst of stressful situations, and even in ministry, He wants us to stop and spend time with Him. I'm thankful to God for the Morning Glories ministry with Bob Ravenscroft that helped me enter into the presence of God this day.

I hope you will listen, stop, and like me, be blessed above your circumstances. Perhaps Morning Glories will be a part of that experience for you too.

This scripture came to me later in the day. 

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.  —1 Thessalonians 5:16–18

Have a blessed day,

Dwight Kilian
Music Director
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Thursday, May 14 2015
One Glorious Morning

The beautifully improvised music and spoken word was not all there was to experience.  As I sat enjoying the music, I noticed the birds, as they seemed to sing with the music.  I found myself getting lost in the beauty that surrounded us as we worshipped, [more]

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Monday, April 06 2015
What Should a Christian Musician Do?

"Can I be a good Christian musician and still play secular music?"   "Should I quit all types of music except religious music?" Heavy questions to be sure... [more]

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Wednesday, April 01 2015
Jazz for the Soul - April 12th

Join me (Vicki McDermitt), Russ Schmidt (piano), Rob Moore (drums) and Dwight Kilian (bass) for a fun night of jazz standards and classics. We'd love to see you Sunday, April 12th between 6:00-8:00 PM at Spirit of Hope UMC in Peoria.  This is a SPECIAL event and I have an announcement about an urgent Mission of Mercy to the Chehovschinskaya Orphanage in Belarus.  Click for more info about Jazz for the Soul and check the CALENDAR for any updates or for directions to the venue.

We'll see you there! Be SURE to SHARE!

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Vicki McDermitt
Vocalist/Recording Artist
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Monday, March 23 2015

Psalm 63 - "My Soul Thirsts" can be used for Communion, meditation, or as an anthem. It is a departure from the song formats, but a lovely opportunity to showcase your choir. Watch this video recorded on Oct. 24, 2014 at Cathedral of the Assumption, Louisville, Kentucky as part of The Jazz Psalms Encounter.

Charts and music track for this song are available at:…/psalm_63___my…/122/3106

Performed by Chuck Marohnic (pianist/composer) and sung by the Cathedral Choir directed by Dr. Philip Brisson. Recorded live on Oct. 24, 2014 at Cathedral of...
Chuck Marohnic
Composer - The Jazz Psalms Project
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Wednesday, March 18 2015
MSW in Sedona - Jazz at the Church

A great time was had by all at recently at St. Lukes Episcopal Church in Sedona.

Pictured here with Bishop David McMannes, our own Russ Schmidt was featured and played to a packed house with Dwight Kilian and Rob Moore.

Great original arrangements of classic jazz. 

Vicki McDermitt
Vocalist/Recording Artist
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Vocalist/Recording Artist
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