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Developing Your Instrumental Group (articles)
This is a collection of articles that explores how to arrange instrumental groups.
Instrumental Music Resource Page
This site offers articles that examine instrumental music from various perspectives.

selected library holdings – books, scores, and audiovisuals

bibliographies and discographies

Devol, John. Brass Music for the Church: a bibliography of music appropriate for church use – a total of 1309 works – including brass parts for one trumpet up to a twenty-piece brass choir. Plainview, NY: Harold Branch Pub.; sold by The Festival Brass Players of New York, 1974. 016.785067.D498b

Raley, J. Michael. Selective Annotated List of Sacred Instrumental Music for Mixed Ensembles. Radcliff, KY: Mill Creek Baptist Church, 1983. 016.7857.R138sa

Suggs, Julian. Instrumental Music for Churches: a descriptive listing. Nashville: Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, 1982. 016.785.In7s

history, performance, and pedagogy

Adams, Jere V. and Gerald P. Armstrong, ed. Orchestral Concepts in Today’s Church. Nashville: Convention Press, 1991. 785.07.Orlc

Adams, Jere V. and Gerald P. Armstrong, ed. Instruments of the Church Orchestra. Nashville: Convention Press, 1987. 785.P318i

Adams, Jere V. and Gerald P. Armstrong, ed. The Church Instrumental Ministry. Nashville: Convention Press, 1989. 785.07.C474i

Barrier, Julie and Jim Hansford, ed. The Instrumental Resource for Church and School: a manual of Biblical perspectives and practical instruction for today’s Christian instrumentalists. Nashville: Church Street Press, 2002. 783.1.B276i

Corbitt, Nathan, et al. A Guide to Instrumental Music in the Church: a handbook for the non-instrumentalist. Louisville: Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1977. 016.785.G941t

Frink, George M. D. Today’s Church Orchestra, 2nd ed. Charleston, SC: Carol Press, 1997. 785.07.F916t

Frink, George M. D. What Do You Know About a Church Orchestra: what’s different about it?. Charleston, SC: Carol, 1990. 785.04.F916w

Hopson, Hal. The Creative Use of Instruments in Worship. Carol Stream, IL: Hope Publishing, 2000. 785.07.H779c

Mayo, Lawrence William. Full-time Programs of Instrumental Music in Nine Selected Southern Baptist Churches. DMA dissertation, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1968. THESES D.M.A. M454f

Posey, Phillip C. Instruments and Voices in Contemporary Worship. Kansas City, MO: Posey, 1974. 016.785.P842i

Posey, Phillip C. Strings and Things. Nashville: Convention Press, 1974. 785.07.P842s

Pottenger, Harold. Instrumental Handbook. Kansas City, MO: Beacon Hill Music, 1971. 785.07.P85i

Sims, W. Hines. Instrumental Music in the Church. Southern Baptist Convention, 1947. 783.1.Si58i

Smith, Douglas. “Evolution of the ‘church-estra'” [videorecording]. Louisville, KY: Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1983. VT 509-510 [U-MATIC]; MCa 1631, 1634

Williamson, Bob. Every Instrumentalist a Prospect: growth strategies. Nashville: Convention Press, 1993. 785.092.W676e

“You Can Have an Instrumental Ministry” [videorecording]. Nashville: Baptist Sunday School Board, 1985. VT 2274