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"At the recent Getty worship music conference in Nashville, the main stage was the main attraction.

But at 8 o’clock on Wednesday morning, a crowd of coffee-toting music enthusiasts made it to a breakout session on the third floor. Maybe they were drawn by the curious session title: Silencing the Congregation.

That’s Nathan Burggraff. He led the session. Burggraff teaches music theory at Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. You could say he’s in the business of training tomorrow’s worship leaders."

This podcast presents material from Nathan's breakout session at the 2022 Getty SING! Conference. Click here to listen to the full podcast.

"Congregations want somebody

on stage who allows them

to participate. That's why it's so important for the worship leader

 to have proper training."


"Singing Our Theology"

in Southwestern News Magazine

In October 2018, Nathan presented a paper at the Shepherds 360 National Church Leaders Conference entitled

"Fostering Participation in Congregational Singing: It Takes More Than 4 Chords and a Good Voice."

To listen to the presentation, click here.

"It is of utmost importance to choose songs that allow our congregations to actively participate in corporate worship through singing while avoiding songs that are a hindrance musically and theologically. For the sake of the body of Christ, we must choose better songs."

This material was also presented at the Shepherds 360 Conference in October 2017. Click here to listen to the presentation.

An “All-Steinway School” since last year, Southwestern’s collection of Steinway pianos were prominently featured .... One musical piece particularly highlighted these fine instruments: “Fantasy on Carol of the Bells,”... arranged by Assistant Professor of Music Theory Nathan Burggraff.

"Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!"  The familiar jubilant text is cast in a new setting for SATB choir and optional orchestra. The joy is abundant and the setting will make your ears perk up and listen to the great words of the faith we all know so well.

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