Scott Finch: 'Heaven is a soundtrack'
and Worship Arts
Scott Finch, Briercrest College and Seminary’s new assistant professor of music and worship arts, is passionate about worship, beauty, and musical excellence. He’s inspired the same in thousands of students—some of them are leading worship at their local churches, some sing enthusiastically in youth and children’s choirs, and some are studying at the renowned Julliard School of Music in New York.
Finch brings this passion and experience to the Music department after four years as the Director of Music at Rincon Mountain Presbyterian Church in Tucson, Ariz., and five years as Director of Choral Activities at Wheaton Academy in West Chicago, Ill.
His term at Briercrest began August 1. The community of Caronport, Sask., is a dramatic change—but Finch says he “wouldn’t want to be doing anything else.”
He and his family chose Briercrest in part because of its commitment to equipping students to glorify God. “God opened the door and has called us to enthusiastically walk through it,” he says. “We are elated to be here.”
Finch’s background is in choral conducting and music education, and he’s also passionate about music’s developmental history. This fall, he’ll be teaching musicianship and conducting and leading Resonant, Briercrest College’s 24-member a cappella choir.
Finch is unabashed in his desire to share his love for music and worship with his colleagues and students. “From Genesis to Revelation, God's people have been called to respond to his saving work by making music that recounts his mighty works and his glorious character—sometimes with words and sometimes without,” Finch says.
“Heaven itself has a constant soundtrack of praise that echoes in eternity, and we have the opportunity of joining this great cloud of witnesses even now,” he continues. “My calling is to equip the saints as citizens of heaven to praise his name with the depth of great musical excellence…. You can push me back, tie me down, or beat me up, but on this theme I cannot be shut up.”