Perkins Chapel Wedding Music


Additional Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Most of the following may also be found in your chapel contract materials:

1. The Organist attends Friday night rehearsal and can play the processionals/recessionals for rehearsal purposes. Please note that each rehearsal time block is one hour, at which time the chapel must be vacated in order that the next rehearsal might begin.

2. In planning your music, it is best to email the Organist. You are free to contact him by any of the phone numbers given to you with your chapel materials; however, you will get a much faster response by email. Unfortunately, personal appointments are not possible.

3. Please note that all vocal solos used for chapel weddings must be sacred*; ie., they must be explicit in recognizing and worshipping God. Any piece from the "approved" list (which you received with your chapel reservation materials) is acceptable without having to consult the Organist. Any other piece must be approved in advance.

4. The Organist is not available to rehearse with soloists (without a fee) prior to the Friday rehearsal. In addition to that rehearsal time, the Organist is available prior the wedding on Saturday as soon as your time block is open to rehearse with singers or instrumentalists.

5. There will be a Chapel Technician available during the rehearsal and for the wedding. They are responsible for microphone/sound system set-up. Amplification possibilities at the Chapel are limited (and often not necessary due to the good acoustics), but the technician is often able to set up a microphone for soloists, should it be necessary.

6. Please note that recorded music is not allowed for any part of the ceremony.

7. Even if you are not planning to use the organ for the ceremony, you must contact the Organist to approve your music selections in advance. If he does not approve the music in advance, he will have to approve the music at the Friday rehearsal. This is not recommended, especially if you plan to print the service folders prior to the rehearsal.

*Definition of Sacred:  Although everyone has their own definition of what constitutes sacred vocal music, the following will be the standard for all Chapel weddings:  All vocal solos, according to the chapel policy (found on the SMU website) must ". . . have a text clearly that is clearly centered on the person of God or the Holy Scriptures.  Secular music is not permitted."  Music that mentions "God," "prayer," "blessing," etc., but is otherwise a love song, is not necessarily sacred.  Love songs which use religious jargon to "pray for a blessing" do not constitute proper sacred music.  Likewise, there is some very sacred music which is verbatim scripture, but which may not mention God based on from where in scripture it is taken (many songs based on psalms, for example.)  Just because a composer may be known as a "Christian composer" does not necessarily mean a certain piece of his or hers is appropriate for use at weddings.  If you have any doubt, please feel free to enquire. 

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