San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Clinicians: Bradley Ellingboe, Choral; Michael Bedford, Organ
These free events have been developed for the continuing education of today’s church musician. Held in a variety of locations across the nation, these events provide opportunities for church musicians to network, learn and be inspired.
Each clinic features a variety of choral, organ, and piano reading sessions to help plan for the coming season (check out the music planning calendar). Our expert clinicians offer valuable insights and ideas to help participants explore ways to revitalize and refresh worship in their local settings.
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*Music packets for these sessions cost $1 each and include complete copies of all the music for you to keep - a great deal!
All attendees will enjoy a 15% discount on all featured Augsburg Fortress music ordered or purchased during the event.
8:30 – 9:00 registration
9:00 -11:00 handbells(This Session will not occur in Long Beach CA; clinicians for other locations listed below)
11:00 – 12:30 Organ and Piano Repertoire – Michael Bedford
12:30- 2:00 Lunch will be provided for those staying for Prelude Music Planner presentation - you must reserve lunch on line when you register)
2:00 – 3:00 Children and Youth music - Bradley Ellingboe
3:00 - 3:15 –Break
3:15 – 4:15 - Workshops
A.Bedford – The Three S’s of Children’s Choirs Singing, Self and Spirituality – Michael Bedford
Our work with children’s choirs takes us on a unique and challenging adventure. Making music is certainly a given in this situation, but our work with these precious young ones involves so much more. We have the unique opportunity to reach out to children on so many levels. In this workshop we will look at the numerous ways we can help in developing the whole child. There will be time for sharing experiences and asking questions.
B.Ellingboe – Conducting Gestures as they shape Tone – Bradley Ellingboe
4:15 – 5:30 Beyond Books and Screens – Music in Community – Scott Weidler
There is a movement in the church rekindling an ancient practice of singing – a way of music making that has been central to folk traditions for centuries. It is simple and beautiful; faithful and traditional. Singing without the use of books or screens – rather relying on human to human communication – creates community in a powerful and unique way which transcends any labels, such as contemporary or traditional.
This workshop will explore ways to incorporate this kind of singing into our regular worship services, as well as stretching some boundaries. A variety of music will be sung, including pieces from Evangelical Lutheran Worship and other sources we already have close at hand. Basic techniques for leading will be introduced.
5:30 – 7:00 – Dinner on your own
7:00 Christ among Us: Hymns That Span the Globe - Hymn Festival with Michael Bedford and featuring Bradley Ellingboe
8:30 – 9:00 registration
9:00 – 10:00 – WORKSHOPS
A.Ellingboe –Major Choral Works for the Normal Church Choir
We will look at Accessible larger works from Bach to Rutter.
B.Bedford – Jack of All Trades, what they didn’t tell you in your Job Description
When church musicians accept positions, they usually go in thinking they are clear on the expectations of their employers. Once they arrive on the scene, things have a way of evolving from what they appeared to be on the surface. This presentation will look at a number of additional duties that may come the organist’s way once he or she has begun work. Although somewhat tongue-in-cheek, there is a certain reality that we will address here. Bring your sense of humor and let’s explore the multi-faceted position of “Director of Music”.
10:00 – 10:30 – Break
10:30 – 12:00 – Choral Session I* (Ellingboe)
12:00 – 1:30 Lunch (providedfor those staying for an update onPrelude Music Planner – you must reserve lunch on line when you register)
1:30 – 3:00 Choral II* (Ellingboe)
*Music packets for these sessions cost $1 each and include complete copies of all the music for you to keep – a great deal!
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