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Association of Anglican Musicians Virtual Conference: Feeding Our Flocks

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This year's virtual conference is for musicians and clergy, focusing on healing and rebuilding our churches as we emerge from the pandemic.

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This event is brought to you by the Association of Anglican Musicians with the help of the department of Lifelong Learning at Virginia Theological Seminary

Church musicians and clergy are invited to join us for a day filled with information, inspiration, and fellowship. As we prepare for the return of in-person worship and choral singing, this year's virtual conference will offer practical suggestions, new repertoire, professional development, and glorious music. Panelists and presenters include The Rt. Rev. J. Neil Alexander (AAM Chaplain), Dr. Marty Wheeler Burnett (AAM President), The Rev. Barbara Crafton, Dr. Marilyn Keiser, The Rev. Erika Takacs, professional vocalists Dr. Lydia Beasley and Dr. Jacquelyn Matava, the Washington National Cathedral Choir directed by Canon Michael McCarthy, and Washington National Cathedral organists Tom Sheehan and George Fergus. In areas where COVID-19 infection rates are low, some local churches may be hosting small, socially distanced groups for virtual conference "watch parties." View updated information at https://anglicanmusicians.org/virtual-conference

11:00 - Welcome, President’s Report, and AAM Business Meeting
Dr. Marty Wheeler Burnett, AAM President
11:45 - Feeding Ourselves in Order to Feed our Flocks: Spirituality for Musicians in This Time of Change and Healing
The Rev. Barbara Cawthorne Crafton
Let’s celebrate your achievements under circumstances none of us would have chosen. Certainly we can gripe together about the hard parts, but let’s rejoice that you have proved yourselves equal to a daunting task.
The Rev. Barbara Cawthorne Crafton is an Episcopal priest and author. She has served a number of churches in New York City and the American church in Florence. A spiritual director, Crafton leads retreats and teaches throughout the United States and abroad.
12:15 - Put Me In, Coach! Coaching Relationships for Musicians and Clergy that Support a Healthy Church
Panel discussion with Dr. Marilyn Keiser, The Rev. Erika Takacs, and Rees Roberts
Parish ministry, for priest and musician alike, can feel very lonely at times. But lack of experience and loneliness in ministry can be helpfully countered by the presence of coaches who are willing to walk with a musician or priest as they navigate the challenges of ministry. In this panel discussion, we will hear from two musicians and one priest about their helpful experiences with coaching as they have ventured into the complex but satisfying work of parish ministry. Presented by AAM's Professional Concerns and Development Committee (PCDC).
12:45 - Break
1:15 - Featuring AAM Composers
Several members will share their published works, focusing on music that might be useful during this coming year of rebuilding choirs and music programs.
2:00 - Introducing New AAM Members
More than 100 new members have joined AAM in the past two years, but without an in-person conference, there has been no opportunity to welcome them at our annual New Members’ Reception. Getting to know our colleagues in AAM is a much-valued part of the organization. All conference participants will learn how to use the FlipGrid app in order to interact with new members.
2:15 - Upcoming AAM Conferences
Organizers for the Richmond (2022) and Dallas (2023) conferences, postponed due to the pandemic, will share their updated plans.
2:30 - Honoring Susan Markley
AAM’s long-time and only employee, Susan will be retiring at the end of 2021. We will look back at her many years of service to this organization and celebrate all the ways she has helped it to flourish.
2:45 - Bringing Our Best Selves to our Vocation: Pastoral Care for the Flock while Maintaining Self-Advocacy
As we begin to re-open, we may find that the COVID-19 experience of those returning to churches and choir may be different than our own. How can we help them make the transition? How do we welcome choirs back? What pastoral skills should we keep in mind? Presented by AAM's Lay Professional Advocacy Committee (LPAC).
3:15 - Break
3:30 - Getting Back into Vocal Shape
Drs. Lydia Beasley and Jacquelyn Matava, staff singers at St. Mark’s, San Antonio, share their strategies for reawakening individual voices and developing healthy group singing.
4:00 - Address by The Rt. Rev. Neil Alexander
Chaplain to the Association of Anglican Musicians, retired Bishop of the Diocese of Atlanta and recently retired Professor of Liturgy and Theology at The University of the South, Sewanee
4:45 - Break
5:00 - Evensong from Washington National Cathedral
Offered on AAM's behalf by the Cathedral's professional choir under the direction of Canon Michael McCarthy. Organists Tom Sheehan and George Fergus will offer an extended prelude to showcase the cathedral’s 189-rank E.M. Skinner organ. Repertoire for this traditional Evensong will include music by Trevor Weston, Richard Wayne Dirksen, Maggie Burk, David Hogan, and Richard Shephard. Conference registrants will receive the link to the Cathedral’s site before Evensong begins.
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