The calling of church musicians is a great and noble calling. Sacred music that proclaims the love and saving grace of the God through the work of Jesus Christ is expansive. It includes singers and guitarists from the mountains of Papua New Guinea to the great classical musicians such as Felix Mendelssohn, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Michael Praetorius to name only a few. It extends back to King David and the Levites of the Old Testament, to Miriam and Moses and the people of Israel as they sang a song of deliverance at the banks of the Red Sea, and even to Jubal, the father of all musicians (Genesis 4:21) from whom this website gets its name. This Christian music that proclaims the Lamb of God is also eternal as St. John reveals to us in Revelation. God loves music and loves to hear His Word proclaimed with music.
Whenever we play or sing this music, Christians use the Eternal Art to proclaim the song of deliverance that was given to us through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and to celebrate with those who throughout the ages have proclaimed that message with passion, truth, and clarity. May God bless you in this calling and together may we, with great joy and skill, offer a powerful witness to our Savior in whatever we do.
In the peace, joy, and victory of our Resurrected Lord,
Martin Dicke is a lifelong music educator and church musician. Besides being a composer and arranger of music, he is also a singer, choral conductor, and an accomplished performer on the recorder, piano, and pipe organ. He has earned a Masters of Choral Conducting from the University of Minnesota (1987) and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Iowa (2008). Early in his career he served schools and churches in the Twin Cities (Minnesota) where he also founded and for ten years directed a community choir. While studying at the University of Iowa he was Director of the Chamber Singers of Iowa City.
In 2002 he accepted a position as Cantor (Director of Music) at Trinity Lutheran Church, Peoria, Illinois, a position he held for fourteen years. There he helped establish the Trinity Concert Series and the Peoria Bach Festival, which has been held annually during the first week of June since 2002. For several years Martin was Dean of the Peoria Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
From 2016-22 he has served as a Music Specialist working with and supporting musicians in the Asia region. Most recently he worked as a music educator in the Enga Province of Papua New Guinea where he was born and in Taiwan. In addition, he serves on the Board of David’s Harp (www.davidsharpmusic.org), an organization devoted to helping churches train a new generation of musicians. He is dedicated to helping musicians participate in what he calls “The Eternal Song,” the ongoing song of God’s redeeming love. mercy, and grace. Visit www.jubalslyre.com/music to peruse his compositions and arrangements.Jubal’s Lyre Music Shop for music by Jubal’s Lyre Music Publishers on www.sheetmusicplus.com.
I’d just stumbled onto your website after reading your text study of Handel’s Messiah.
Thanks for the great work you’ve done.
Michael from Singapore.