Religion: Congregation v. Choir

¶ In Chicago's swank Fourth Presbyterian Church this Easter, worshipers will hear music by Composers Cesar Franck, the late Sergei Rachmaninoff and Sir Edward Bairstow, a widely-recognized English contemporary.

¶ In little Martensdale, Iowa (pop. 172), worshipers at St. Paul's Lutheran Church (membership: 170) will hear ten farm boys & girls and the local hardware merchant sing such stirring old favorites as Christ, the Lord, Is Risen Today and Jesus Lives!

The difference between these two Easter programs is a striking illustration of what is going on throughout the U.S. in church music. For...

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