mrk3Michael Kearney has a passion for seeing the psalms set to beautiful music to reach the hearts of God’s people. A native of Long Island and graduate of Geneva College, Michael is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Rhetoric at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.

Michael sang second tenor for eight semesters in The Genevans choir at Geneva College, accompanied the choir on piano and organ, and continues to compose and arrange music, primarily settings of the psalms. His five-part motet on Psalm 103 was the Inaugural Psalm for Geneva College’s twentieth president, Dr. Calvin Troup.

Michael has led classes on psalm-singing for United Reformed, Orthodox Presbyterian, and Reformed Presbyterian audiences. He has contributed to the Journal of Communication and Religion, The Outlook Magazine, Christian Renewal Magazine, and the Reformed Presbyterian Witness. He desires to use his varied interests in communication, psalmody and theology to serve the church of Jesus Christ.

You can contact Michael here.

Last updated April 3, 2020

8 Responses to “About Michael Kearney”

  1. 1 Holistic Wayfarer May 16, 2013 at 1:13 am

    Am thrilled to find such a young musician who appreciates the Psalter!

  2. 2 danadmini May 23, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Well written! Have read some of your writings but had no idea you weren’t yet 20 years old! I just turned 53, am not in the URC, but have attended a URC church as a visitor and just begun to take an interest in the Blue Psalter Hymnal. Good to see you’ve gone down the path of learning something of the hymnals, and I think I can learn a lot from you! I’ll be peeking around your site.

    • 3 Michael Kearney June 6, 2013 at 12:47 pm

      Thanks for your kind words! I’m so glad you’re finding URC Psalmody to be helpful, even though on the whole it’s a pretty small and humble project. Personally, as you can tell, I love the blue Psalter Hymnal a lot, even though like any hymnbook it has its share of flaws and shortcomings.

      I have to conclude that you’re the same Dan who’s been posting on the Psalter Hymnal Facebook page recently–I run that page as well, though I tend to stay anonymous in case I ever get the chance to add more admins. But I’ve really appreciated your contributions there too.

      So thanks again for commenting…I’d be happy to try to answer any questions you may have in the future, or at least point you to someone else who can. Like the Psalmist said, “It is good to sing Thy praises!”


      –Michael Kearney

      • 4 William S.Craig July 2, 2015 at 3:00 pm

        Some of the older members of the F.R.C. in St Thomas Ontario are singing psalm 48 in Dutch.I am a Scot and I join them.

  3. 5 Donald Philip Veitch June 16, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Although I’m a Reformed Anglican acquainted with Psalm-singing (and some chanting) and while my wife is pipe organist at our Episcopal Church, I’m entirely delighted and much encouraged (as an older retiree) to see a young man working in/on the Psalter, the organ, and working in a solid Reformed and Confessional Church. This must become a trend for other youth…replacements for us older folks. Best regards.

  4. 7 Dave Buursma November 25, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the BPH. I remember in 1958 when it was introduced to the CRC by fiat. No choice was afforded the people, who complained bitterly about its shortcomings compared to the Maroon PH. One aged gentleman even jeered loudly at the minister during the worship service, when he admonished us to do a better job with some of the new numbers. One doesn’t forget experiences like that!

    • 8 Michael Kearney January 8, 2014 at 5:52 pm

      Thank you, Mr. Buursma. The amazing thing is that compared to the differences between the blue Psalter Hymnal and the new proposal, the differences between the red and blue PsH seem relatively minor. If it was such a “rough road” transitioning to a new edition of the same book in a fairly cohesive denomination back in 1958, should we expect that a completely new songbook in a very diverse federation of churches will arrive any more smoothly? My hope is that both the congregations and the Songbook Committees will be cognizant of the challenges involved in bringing about this change, and it can be done with mutual understanding and humility.


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