Masks for Singers

3D Masks for Singers have been recommended by music directors in the diocesan partnership. The “3D” shape offers room for mouth movement and comes in packs of 10 and 50, for about $1 each. If you are looking for a similar style of mask in a washable, fabric version, these from Graf Lantz (Zenbu style) are an option. They have a pocket for filter inserts.

COVID Updates for Musicians

The Association for Anglican Musicians has been collecting information on their website to help church musicians navigate issues related to COVID.

Interview with the rev. canon earle king

The Rev. Canon Twila Smith speaks with the Rev. Canon Earle King, who was one of the presenters at the partnership’s recent virtual music ministry conference. Listen to the interview by clicking play below or by clicking here.

General Resources for Church Musicians

American Guild of Organists

  • Educational videos, especially for those who want to learn to play

Association of Anglican Musicians

  • Videos from virtual conference, reflections on spirituality, getting back into vocal shape, the future of the church music vocation.

The Hymn Society 

  • Surated links

Music That Makes Community

Sewanee Church Music Conference

Facebook Groups

Copyright and Public Domain Resources

Public Domain Day

Small Church Music

  • Free downloads (MP3 and Midi files) of public domain music, including the Episcopal Hymnal 1982, with instrumental accompaniment and sung versions.

Hymns to God

  • A listing of hymns that are in the public domain and may be suitable for use, including livestreaming, without permission. Generally, music published in the United States before 1922 is in the public domain but a new arrangement of that music may be copyrighted

Church Publishing Copyright Information

Links to several resources and explains connections with the Church Publishing tools Rite Song and Rite Worship. This document includes specific information regarding permission guidelines that may be helpful during COVID; note that some permissions expired August 31, 2021

Digital Music Systems

Some churches, including ones in our partnership, have digital systems which include technical hardware for playing the music and an extensive database of hymns. One of the widely-used systems is $2,500 (a one-time cost). For more information, email Canon Twila Smith.

Live-streaming Resources

Copyright issues related to live-streaming

Episcopal Diocese of Olympia livestreaming guide


You may need one or more license to cover your music needs, including for printing music in bulletins and streaming online:

  • OneLicense catalog includes The Hymnal 1982 and other hymnals authorized by the Episcopal Church; license is an annual fee based on church attendance and there is a separate bundle for streaming
  • CCLI (Church Copyright License) includes Christian music; information on their website covers types of licensing and resources for understanding copyright
  • CCS (Christian Copyright Solutions) includes 28 million songs, both secular and Christian; see additional information at ASCAP

Resources for Purchase

The Episcopal Musician’s Handbook

Published every liturgical year beginning with Advent through the Last Sunday after Pentecost Orders for the next year are in March and books arrive in early summer. There is a template for each Sunday with suggested hymns; Major Feast and Saints’ Days, Burial, Confirmation, Ordination, Lessons and Carols, etc., and other useful information. Available from the Living Church Foundation

Resources available through Church Publishing, Inc.

Search by category in menu: Liturgy and Worship, and Music

Hymnals and Supplements available through Church Publishing and other resources:

The Hymnal 1982
Wonder, Love, and Praise

Lift every Voice and Sing II
Voices Found
Enriching Our Music 1 and 2
(Music for Enriching Our Worship)

Liturgical Music for the Revised Common Lectionary

Three separate volumes: Years A, B, C – Carl Daw, Jr. and Thomas Pavlechko; Church Publishing
This resources contains Sundays and other significant days; hymns from Hymnal 82, WLP, LEVAS II, VF; also contains anthem suggestions. Hymns are suggested for entrance, sequence, offertory, communion, and post-communion. For the Sundays after Pentecost, Gospel-related and Semi-Continuous are differentiated (not so in the Musician’s Handbook).

Psalm Settings

A Hymntune Psalter – Carl Daw and Kevin Hackett. Book One: Gradual Psalms Advent through the Day of Pentecost; Book Two: The Season after Pentecost

Anglican Chant Psalter – Alec Wyton
Plainsong Psalter – James Litton
Gradual Psalms with Alleluia Verses and Tracts – Bruce Ford

The Portland Psalter – Robert Hawthorne

The Celebration Psalter – Betty Pulkingham, Kevin Backett

Suggested Books

A Liturgical Index to the Hymnal 1982 – Marion Hatchett
Welcome to Church Music and The Hymnal 1982 – Matthew Hoch

Simplified Accompaniments for 97 hymns from The Hymnal 1982

What Would Jesus Sing? – Marilyn Haskel
Liturgical Sense – Louis Weil
Music and Vital Congregations – William Bradley Roberts

The Liturgy Explained – James Farwell

Other Resources

St. James Music Press

Annual fee $139; Psalm settings and suggestions of anthems for each Sunday in the lectionary; Psalms refrains are based on a familiar hymn tune; anthems to download; automatic permission to reprint and podcast is given for each selection; search for instrumental, handbell, and children’s choir music – all easy to medium difficulty.

  • Grant Opportunity:  SJMP will award a grant to a church starting or revitalizing a music program. Elements awarded in the grant include:
    • Complimentary 1-Year Membership to St. James Music Press
    • $1000  to support ministry needs
    • Quarterly program consultations with SJMP colleagues meant to help recipients maximize their SJMP membership, discuss program challenges, and celebrate/build upon program successes.
    • Funds are used at the discretion of the grant recipient and could include but are not limited to:
      • New equipment
      • Funding a retreat
      • Instrument repair
      • Changes to worship or rehearsal spaces
    • Applications must be submitted by June 30th, 2022. For complete details, visit: