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NATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR SACRED MUSIC 2017

Augsburg Fortress, Hinshaw Music, Morningstar Music

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 2:00 PM - Friday, January 6, 2017 at 8:30 PM (EST)

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NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SACRED MUSIC Jan 6, 2017 $150.00 $0.00
NCSM DAY ONE ONLY Jan 6, 2017 $50.00 $0.00
NCSM DAY TWO ONLY Jan 6, 2017 $50.00 $0.00
NCSM DAY THREE ONLY Jan 6, 2017 $50.00 $0.00
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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.
  • Handbells
  • 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. 1.      Allen Hightower and Robert Hobby- Rehearsal for Friday Night Hymn Festival
  2. 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. 1.      The Role of Children’s Choirs in Sacred Space – Tom Shelton
  2. 2.      Organ Workshop- Robert Hobby
  3. 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. 1.      Finding Deeper Connects: Text and Emotion – Allen Hightower
  2. 2.      Organ Workshop – Robert Hobby (repeat)
  3. 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. 1.      The Three R’s for Youth Choirs– Stephen Mitchell
  2. 2.      Not Your Parents’ Church – Craig Mueller (repeat)
  3. 3.      Rehearsal Techniques: Efficiency and Humanity – Allen Hightower

5:30 – 6:30                         Friday Festival Rehearsal – Hightower and Hobby

                                             Free Night

Friday January 6

9:00am – 9:30am             Worship for Epiphany – Craig Mueller

9:40am – 10:55am           Workshops

  1. 1.      Rehearsal Techniques: Efficiency and Humanity – Allen Hightower (repeat)
  2. 2.      Handbells – Mark Lawson (repeat)
  3. 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. 1.      Seasonings - Robert Hobby
  2. 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

 WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS:

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.

 

 


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First Presbyterian Chuch
200 West Trade Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 2:00 PM - Friday, January 6, 2017 at 8:30 PM (EST)


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