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Nick Strimple is Assistant Professor of Choral Music at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. In addition to his expertise in choral music and his work composing and conducting, he is an internationally recognized authority on the music of the Holocaust, as well as an accomplished arranger who has done instrumental or choral arranging from artists as diverse as Air Supply and Frank Sinatra. Ensembles he conducts have appeared in festivals and conventions both in the United States and Europe. His acclaimed book, Choral Music in the Twentieth Century, was released in 2002.

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Nick Strimple, Professor of Music at USC's Thornton School and Music Director at Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church, gives us a capsule history of sacred music in the Christian tradition, from the Council of Trent and the Dutch Reformists' unison psalmody to the integration of ornate music into the Catholic Mass in the Seventeenth century, and through the various trends and revisions to what is considered "proper" church music into the late Twentieth century. He contrasts these recent debates over sacred music in Christianity with similar debates in Judaism in the last two centuries.

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November 2007
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