**Thank you so much to all who attended this weekend’s Toward the Quadrivium event! We were truly blessed by the fellowship and study. In case you missed the event, Caleb Skogen has agreed to write a brief review of our two days studying harmonics. Also, be on the lookout for a DVD of the event, which should be available from the CC Bookstore later this year.**
A Weekend of Harmony
by Caleb Skogen
I am happy to relay the success of the 2013 Toward the Quadrivium event. Our two speakers, John Hodges and Robert Cathcart, did an excellent job in their lectures speaking about music and the Quadrivium. Their insight and wisdom on the importance of music and music integration was a great blessing for all who attended.
John Hodges had a chance to talk about his program, The Center for Western Studies, and Robert Cathcart was able to talk about his hymn writing and even had some of his hymn texts for sale at the event. Mount Paran North Church of God had excellent facilities, and we were extremely blessed to have received such a warm welcome from the church staff. Tobin Duby was able to capture the event well enough to start working on the 2013 TTQ DVD, and we hope to have that for sale later on in the year.
During the event, we were honored to have President of New Saint Andrews College, Dr. Roy Atwood, come and share more with our audience about NSA and classical education as a whole. The event was also blessed with some music: Annie Skogen sang a few songs, and Diedre Agustin played the harp at the event. I, too, was honored to be able to play the piano at the event.
Leigh did an excellent job hosting the event. Much of our audience was composed of Leigh Bortins fans rather than established fans of the Quadrivium, and they were encouraged by her talks throughout the event. Leigh’s genuine concern for people and education was a true blessing for those who attended. It was a delight to see God using Leigh at this event, and I believe God was honored through our speakers. Please be in prayer with us as Leigh tries to discover the purpose these quadrivium events will serve in the future.
A special thanks to Melodee Sanchez and Julie Melendez for helping to make this event possible! They both did an excellent job hosting and preparing for the event, and we are extremely blessed that they are a part of our Classical Conversations team.
I want to leave you with a quote from John Hodges’ first lecture that I believe sums up the purpose of the event and the Quadrivium: “Education is training the heart to love that which deserves loving.”
Thank you to all of you who joined us in body or in spirit for this important pursuit.
Caleb Skogen is the Harmonics and Service Internship tutor for the Mandala Fellowship in Pinehurst, N.C. Visit MandalaFellowship.com to learn more.