NATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR SACRED MUSIC 2017
Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 2:00 PM - Friday, January 6, 2017 at 8:30 PM (EST)
The National Conference for Sacred Music is a unique conference designed to provide the practicing Church Musician with fresh new ideas to help create a vital, growing music ministry. The emphasis of this conference is to provide a wide variety of new approaches to revitalize and reinvigorate the Church’s passion for music in worship. Sessions will include the following:
- Featured Presenters: Robert Hobby, Allen Hightower, Craig Mueller, Tom Shelton, Stephen Mitchell, Mark Lawson
- The latest ideas planning worship for your congregation and choirs.
- Choral technique classes.
- Reading sessions featuring new publications from Augsburg Fortress, Hinshaw, and MorningStar Music Publishers
- Sponsorship by three different denominational groups: The Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, The Presbyterian Association of Musicians, and the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts
- Classes on working with Youth, strategic planning and educating the congregation about worship, emphasis on hymnody, choral techniques, organ and more.
- Workshops for working with Children.
- Opening Concert with Will Young, Organist, First Presbyterian Church
- Morning Worship creatively crafted by Craig Mueller
- Hymn Festival with Allen Hightower and Robert Hobby
National Conference on Sacred Music, Charlotte, NC January 4,5,6 2017
Leading the Church’s Song
Robert Hobby, Allen Hightower, Craig Mueller, Tom Shelton, Stephen Mitchell, Mark Lawson
Wednesday January 4
2:00pm – 3:00pm Registration – Browse exhibits
3:00pm – 3:15pm Welcome, introduction, and announcements - Sanctuary
3:15pm – 4:30pm Opening Workshop: Ministry in a 24/7 World – Craig Mueller
5:00pm – 6:00pm Dinner (part of meal plan)
6:15 – 7:15 Workshops
- 1. Allen Hightower and Robert Hobby- Rehearsal for Friday Night Hymn Festival
- 2. Getting out of the Rut – Tom Shelton
7:30pm – 8:00pm Opening worship with the NCSM Faculty
8:00pm - Social Gathering/exhibits –
Thursday January 5
9:00am – 9:30am Worship for the Twelfth Day of Christmas – Craig Mueller
9:45am – 11:00am Workshops
- 1. The Role of Children’s Choirs in Sacred Space – Tom Shelton
- 2. Organ Workshop- Robert Hobby
- 3. Not your Parents’ Church – Craig Mueller
11:00 – 11:30 Break
11:30am – 12:30pm Reading Session 1 -Multi Publisher – Tom Shelton
12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch (part of the meal plan)
1:45pm – 2:55pm Workshops
- 1. Finding Deeper Connects: Text and Emotion – Allen Hightower
- 2. Organ Workshop – Robert Hobby (repeat)
- 3. Handbells Session – Mark Lawson
3:00-4:00pm Reading Session 2 Multi Publisher – Robert Hobby
4:00 – 4:15 Break
4:15pm – 5:30pm Workshops
- 1. The Three R’s for Youth Choirs– Stephen Mitchell
- 2. Not Your Parents’ Church – Craig Mueller (repeat)
- 3. Rehearsal Techniques: Efficiency and Humanity – Allen Hightower
5:30 – 6:30 Friday Festival Rehearsal – Hightower and Hobby
Friday January 6
9:00am – 9:30am Worship for Epiphany – Craig Mueller
9:40am – 10:55am Workshops
- 1. Rehearsal Techniques: Efficiency and Humanity – Allen Hightower (repeat)
- 2. Handbells – Mark Lawson (repeat)
- 3. The Three R’s for Youth Choirs– Stephen Mitchell (repeat)
10:55am – 11:15am Break. Visit Exhibits
11:30am – 12:30pm Reading Session 3 Multi Publisher – Allen Hightower
12:30pm – 2:00pm Lunch (part of meal plan) Visit exhibits –
2:00pm Exhibits close
2:00pm – 3:00pm Workshops
- 1. Seasonings - Robert Hobby
- 2. Selecting Music for Youth Choirs – Stephen Mitchell
3:15pm – 4:30pm Workshop – Hightower and Hobby – rehearsal for Hymn Festival
4:30 – 7:00 Dinner on your own
7:00pm Hymn Festival with Allen Hightower and Robert Hobby
Not Your Parents’ Church. – Craig Mueller
Many churches are facing declining attendance and morale. Pr. Mueller will tell the story of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church’s redevelopment and growth. Located in Wrigleyville—a diverse, vibrant and somewhat hip neighborhood in Chicago. The church is populated with young adults who are in a transient and fluid time in their lives. Holy Trinity’s blend of traditional worship/music and progressive theology is both appropriate and surprising. Come and hear more about the congregation’s values of hospitality, inclusivity, liturgy, social justice, and spirituality and what lessons there might be for the church of the future.
Ministry in a 24/7 World. – Craig Mueller
Most people say that don’t have enough time. Church professionals often do not model healthy boundaries such as taking a day off or not checking work email constantly. Whether you or others on your staff struggle with workaholism, this workshop will look at the challenge of time in our digital world, and spiritual resources that provide balance, rest, and renewal.
The Three R’s for Youth Choirs – Stephen Mitchell
Recruitment – Repertoire - Retainment
Selecting Repertoire for Youth Choirs – Stephen Mitchell
Check out some of the newest as well as best-selling youth choir repertoire
Seasonings; Energize your Congregational Singing – Robert Hobby
Using the hymnal, a variety of practical treatments will be used to illustrate how one can use resources at hand to enhance texts and styles of congregational song.
Finding Deeper Connection: Text and Emotion – Allen Hightower
This workshop will examine the relationship between text, musical expression, and emotion. We’ll explore how to draw singers into a deeper connection to the music and text that they sing. The result is a far more meaningful and satisfying experience for both singer and listener.
Rehearsal Techniques: Efficiency and Humanity – Allen Hightower
We will explore both philosophy and techniques that relate to building community within the choir and trust between the conductor and choir. How can we work in a time efficient way and yet create a warm and welcoming atmosphere in our rehearsals?
Getting Out of the Rut; Ideas for Introducing New Music to Young Singers – Tom Shelton
We all have our individual teaching styles when introducing new music. Sometimes we lose our creativity, fall in a “rut” and introduce new songs the same way every time. This session will explore creative ways to introduce a new song to developing singers, focusing on multiple learning styles and musical literacy.
The Role of Children’s Choirs in Sacred Space – Tom Shelton
This session will introduce creative ways for the children’s choir to be “leaders” in worship versus “performers” in the worship service. Introits, Prayer Responses, Anthems Benediction Responses and other service music will be presented. The idea of “framing” will be discussed which allows the children to participate, lead, and be an integral part of the service – instead of becoming a performance slot or a “fill in the blank” anthem that does not enhance the worship experience.