Augsburg Fortress has just launched “Prelude Music Planner,” a Web-based resource designed with the liturgical church musician in mind. The goal of “Prelude” is to help church musicians as they plan and prepare music for worship each week.
“Prelude” provides a number of tools and resources:
• It has an intuitive planner to help organize each week’s music in one place. By providing a birds-eye view of their planning, users can plan a single weekly service or an entire season or year at a time. Each plan can be customized with names of musicians, ensembles and service labels. Additionally, “Prelude” tracks usage of each piece, maintaining a record of every time each hymn, song, anthem or instrumental work is used.
“Prelude” provides an ever-expanding library of music available for download. With over a century of their own music publishing to draw from, the software provides downloadable versions of everything from alternate introductions and hymn accompaniments to choral anthems and organ music. Users are able to preview available music from beginning to end before downloading, including audio samples for many works. Augsburg Fortress also is partnering with other publishers to bring the best select offerings from Morningstar, E.C. Shirmer and others.
“Prelude” provides a variety of additional resources that enrich and enliven the work and ministry of the church musician. Concise lectionary commentary by Gail Ramshaw, weekly musician commentary, and “just-in-time” resources like hymn descants, choral stanzas and weekly devotions for the choir are just some of the tools for church musicians.
A free 14-day trial period and a webinar are available.