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Welcome to the Official Website of the Asian Institute for Liturgy and Music and Sambalikhaan Foundation
The Asian Institute for Liturgy and Music, established in the campus of
the Episcopal Church in the Philippines in 1980, stands as the foremost
training center in Asia for people intending to dedicate their time in the
ministry of music and liturgy in the church. Following the movement for
contextualization of worship in Asian churches, AILM pioneered in training
church musicians for their roles as worship leaders through intensive
residential programs designed to equip the students with skills essential
to their future work. The training programs cover varied but related areas
of concentration, focusing primarily on choir music and conducting. Contextualization is
addressed by courses that emphasize the creative work – music and text writing – pursuing
the vision articulated by its founder, Francisco Feliciano, that in order to achieve the goals
of contextualization, new works reflecting the spirit and identity of the local churches must
be born and re-born.
The AILM Training Program has evolved over the last two decades, going through
continuing changes and refinement as it responds to the changes within the society, the
churches and the world. Today it offers several programs from the basic training for worship
associates to the master programs in liturgy and music. It cooperates with theologians,
educators, and musicians in crafting curricula that anticipates the needs of a worshipping
community in music, liturgy, and of late, the arts.
The hallmark of AILM is creativity – in approaches to music for congregation, creating new
songs, writing new texts for prayers, the role of arts in a worshipping community. It has
produced in the last 25 years hundreds of men and women who have taken their places in
their respective churches as music leaders, teachers, composers, carrying on the mission
of AILM in their own countries. More importantly, it has produced a huge body of new songs
that represent the music of the local communities to which the churches belong. These are
now sung worldwide. The AILM is the creative link, the channel through which the rest of
the world can hear the songs of Asian churches.
AILM, as it begins the second cycle in its creative and education mission, offers these
trainings with renewed vigor as it challenges its students to re-discover their roots and the
seeds of faith that were planted in Asian soil.
Making the Gospel at Home in Asia