Tice, M. L. Adam
Adam M. L. Tice was born in Pennsylvania, and grew up in Alabama, Oregon, and Indiana. After graduating from high school in Elkhart, Indiana, Adam went to nearby Goshen College, a Mennonite liberal arts school. He majored in music with an emphasis on composition and completed a minor in Bible and religion, graduating in 2002. He began working as a church musician and choir director while still in college.
Adam took his first course at the Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in the fall of 2003, which led to the writing of his initial hymn text. In 2004, Adam was named a Lovelace Scholar by the Hymn Society of the United States and Canada. He served as a member of the Society's executive committee from 2007 to 2010.
He was Associate Pastor of Hyattsville (Maryland) Mennonite Church from 2007 to 2012. He now lives with his family in Goshen, Indiana. He is text editor for the 2020 Mennonite hymnal, Voices Together. In early 2020 he joined GIA as Editor for Congregational Song.
In a supportive and cooperative environment, this workshop provides beginning and experienced writers alike the opportunity to refine the craft of hymn writing. Structural concerns of meter and rhyme will be explored, along with the theological and musical elements that shape a good hymn text. During the session participants will begin work on new Psalm paraphrases. Some may discover a new vocation in writing congregational song. All will leave with a greater appreciation for the artistry of the words they sing in worship.
What is new in congregational song? Explore the best in current hymnody by singing and discussing the finest texts and tunes now available. In addition, participants will learn how to access and present new material easily and legally through OneLicense.net. This workshop may take a general approach by presenting a wide variety of hymns, or it could be tailored in more specific ways. Possible topics include: Justice and Peace, Creation Care, The Church Year (or particular seasons), New words for familiar tunes, and Psalms
Singing a cappella is a beautiful and powerful experience for a congregation--and any group can do it! This workshop explores the possibilities of unaccompanied song, starting with the pieces most loved by the congregation, and moving into simple songs from Taize, the Iona Community, and from around the world.