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National Conference for Sacred Music 2019

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St. Matthew's Lutheran Church

405 King Street

Charleston, SC 29403

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There's no better way to start the new year than the invigorating, inspirational, and intimate National Conference for Sacred Music! NCSM is a unique event designed to engage church musicians with fresh new ideas and a variety of approaches to further your work in creating a vital, growing music ministry. Take part in ths annual event to revitalize the Church's passion - and your own - for music in worship!

NCSM is hosted by Augsburg Fortress, Hinshaw and MorningStar. NCSM is supported by the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, and The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts.

Featured Presenters

Al Travis, Michael Burkhardt, Michael Morgan, Pearl Shangkuan, Michael Glasgow

Sessions will include the latest in planning worship for your congregtion and choirs.

Workshops and classes will be on topics such as strategic planning, hymnody, rehearsal techniques, organ improvisation, handbells, and working with children.

Reading sessions featuring the latest music from Augsburg Fortress, Hinshaw, and MorningStar.

Worship led by Michael Burkhardt

Festival Service led by Pearl Shangkuan and Al Travis



Full Schedule

National Conference for Sacred Music - Leading the Church's Song

Wednesday January 9

2:00pm – 3:00pm Registration – Browse exhibits - Tour of Historic St.Matthews

3:00pm – 3:15pm Welcome, introduction, and announcements - Sanctuary

3:15pm – 4:30pm A History of Psalters: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - Michael Morgan

5:00pm – 6:00pm Banquet Dinner

6:15pm – 7:15pm Workshops

  1. Festival Service Rehearsal – Pearl Shangkuan and Al Travis
  2. How am I supposed to Ring That? - Michael Glasgow

7:30pm – 8:00pm Opening worship with St. Matthew’s Staff

8:00pm - Social Gathering/Exhibits

Thursday January 10

9:00am – 9:30am Morning Worship– Michael Burkhardt

9:45am – 11:00am Workshops

  1. New Organ Repertoire – Al Travis
  2. How Am I Supposed to Ring that? (Repeat of Wed evening)-Michael Glasgow
  3. Giving Our Best: An Offering of Choral Artistry – Pearl Shangkuan

11:00am – 11:30m Break - Visit Exhibits

11:30am – 12:30pm Reading Session 1 Multi Publisher -Pearl Shangkuan

12:30pm – 1:45pm Lunch (on your own) - Visit Exhibits

1:45pm – 2:55pm Workshops

  1. Children's Choir Session 1: Working with the Child's Voice – Michael Burkhardt
  2. The Art of Improvisation; Planning Hymn Festivals – Al Travis
  3. Past the Parentheses and Beyond the Brackets – Michael Glasgow

3:00pm-4:00pm Reading Session 2 Multi Publisher – Michael Glasgow

4:00pm – 4:15pm Break

4:15pm – 5:30pm Workshops

  1. Giving Our Best– Pearl Shangkuan (repeat)
  2. A Metrical Psalter for the 21st Century - Michael Morgan
  3. Children's Choir Session 2: The Three "Rs" Really Rehearsing Repertoire - Michael Burkhardt
  4. Handbell Reading Session - Michael Glasgow

5:30pm – 6:30pm Festival Rehearsal – Pearl Shangkuan

Denominational Dinners or Free Night

Join with others from ALCM, The Fellowship or PAM and enjoy dinner at a restaurant. Members, non-members alike are invited. Everyone orders off the menu and individuals are responsible for payment.

Friday January 11

9:00am – 9:30am Worship- Michael Burkhardt

9:40am – 10:55am Workshops

  1. Effective, Efficient and Enjoyable Choral Rehearsal Techniques for Quick Comprehension and Maximum Retention-Pearl Shangkuan
  2. Children’s Choir Session 3: Nuts and Bolts – Michael Burkhardt
  3. The Metrical Psalter for the 21st Century – Michael Morgan (repeat)

10:55am – 11:30am Break. Visit Exhibits

11:30am – 12:30pm Reading Session 3 Multi Publisher – Michael Burkhardt

12:30pm – 2:00pm Lunch (on your own) Visit exhibits

2:00pm Exhibits close

2:00pm – 3:00pm Final Rehearsal

4:00pm – 5:30pm Festival Service with Pearl Shangkuan and Al Travis



Workshop Descriptions

The Good the Bad and The Ugly– Michael Morgan

This plenary will look at versions of the psalms from the beginning of the Reformation in England and Scotland to the present day, showing how so many have endured-for better or worse! Prepare to bring your hearts, minds and senses of humor with you!

The Metrical Psalter for the 21st Century – Michael Morgan

Morgan will explore resources for including psalm singing in worship, looking at collections published since 1980. Singing metrical psalm paraphrases set to familiar tunes is probably the easiest way to incorporate musical psalm settings into congregational song, and the poetic meter and imagery add a new dimension to the traditional Scriptures.

Giving Our Best: An Offering of Choral Artistry – Pearl Shangkuan

Looking at 7 elements in music making to better serve the purpose of proclaiming the Word of God through songs. How music can be a channel of God’s grace and message to the congregation.

Effective, Efficient and Enjoyable Choral Rehearsal Techniques – Pearl Shangkuan

A session on planning and leading choral rehearsals using techniques that are efficient and also enjoyable to help singers of all ages understand quickly and remember better.

New Organ Repertoire – Al Travis

This reading session will feature new organ music from Augsburg Fortress, MorningStar Music Publishers and the Fred Bock Music Company.

The Art of Improvisation- Al Travis

Al Travis is a consummate improvisor, recitalist and organ professor. This session will discuss effective service playing and the role of improvisation. Dr. Travis will share insights into building effective hymn festival.

Children’s Choir Session 1: Working with the Child's Voice – Michael Burkhardt

A session focusing on understanding the child voice and developmental experiences for singers of all shapes and sizes (speech-like singer, dependent singer, limited-range singer, untuned singer).

Children’s Choir Session 2: The Three “Rs” – Really Rehearsing Repertoire – Michael Burkhardt

A hands-on session and experience focusing on score study, rehearsal planning and rehearsal strategies

Children’s Choir Session 3: Nuts and Bolts -Before During and After the Rehearsal – Michael Burkhardt

A session focusing on the big picture of a children’s choir program including a perusal of new published resources.

How Am I Supposed to Ring THAT? - Michael Glasgow

This class addresses creative “outside the box” solutions to common ringing challenges in beginning-level to mid-level using “standard” Allured-method assignments. Weaving, Four-in-Hand Ringing, Bell Displacement, Bell Reassignments, Duplicate Bells, and” Neighbor Favors” are all discussed.

Past the Parentheses and Beyond the Brackets – Michael Glasgow

A Class designed to show the music theory behind why different octave complements must omit (or should not omit!) certain notes. Topics will include bass line continuity and inversion, alternate melodies, engraving challenges in publishing, options for doublings, and why certain keys seem to “work” better for the instrument. A terrific start to understanding the construction of a piece as a whole and the logic behind [all] (of that) {} we sometimes omit!

Available throughout the Conference: An exhibit featuring metrical psalters which helped to establish our congregational singing from the Reformation to the present, consisting of around 40 volumes including the “Old Version” by Sternhold and Hopkins (editions from 1565 and 1567), the Scottish Psalter of 1564, Archbishop Parker’s psalter with the music by Tallis (1567, Ben Jonson’s copy), Ainsworth’s Pilgrim Psalter, Lord Fairfax’s manuscript psalter, the Authorized Scottish Psalter of 1650, first editions of Tate and Brady’s “New Version,” Cotton Mather’s Psalter, two first printings of Watts’s Psalter (one signed by Watts!), and various versions up to the 21st century. This exhibit will be set up in a secure space during the conference. People may browse at their leisure.



Conference Site

St. Matthew Lutheran Church - 405 King Street - Charleston SC 29403

Hotel Information

Embassy Suites - 337 Meeting Street - Charleston, SC 29403

Conference Rate: $159.00 ($179.00 for Friday evening)

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