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National Conference for Sacred Music

Augsburg Fortress

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 2:00 PM - Friday, January 10, 2014 at 9:00 PM (EST)

National Conference for Sacred Music

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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:


  • The latest ideas on how to use social media with your church and choirs
  • Choral technique classes with an emphasis on deepening the spiritual experience for the choir member
  • 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 growing the choir, attracting young adults into the music ministry, strategic planning and educating the congregation about worship
  • Workshops for working with Children.
  • Handbells
  • Opening worship of Anglican Evensong with an All Professional Choir from Trinity - By- The – Cove
  • Morning Worship creatively crafted by John Ferguson and Martin Seltz
  • Opportunity to rehearse and sing for the Festival Concert Friday Evening with Anton Armstrong and John Ferguson




MEAL PLAN: $50.00 (Wednesday dinner, Thursday/Friday Lunch)






2:00pm – 3:00pm             Registration – McSpadden Hall


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

                                        – Sanctuary


3:15pm – 4:15pm             Workshops        


  1. Pipe and Wind Connections: Using Wind instruments with organ for Worship – Terri Bowers
  2. Facebook Basics – Marian Dolan – Room 207
  3. Curating Worship: Managing Multiple Services in Multiple styles -Joe Stobaugh


4:30pm – 5:30pm             Introduction to the Anglican Evensong –

                                       John Fenstermacher - Sanctuary


5:30pm – 6:45pm             Dinner (part of meal plan)


6:45 – 7:45pm                    Festival concert Rehearsal with John

                                          Ferguson (for those who wish to sing

                                          Friday Evening)


8:00pm – 9:00pm             Opening Worship – Anglican Evensong – with

                                        the choir of Trinity - By- The – Cove.


9:00pm -                              Social Gathering/exhibits – Courtyard / McSpadden Hall






8:30am – 9:30am              Morning Worship – John Ferguson and Martin Seltz – Sanctuary


9:45am – 10:45am            Workshops


  1. Organ Workshop – John Ferguson
  2. Collaborative Worship Planning - David Vandemeer – Room 104
  3. Visuals for Children’s Choirs – Karol Kimmell Rm 104


10:45 – 11:15                      Break


11:15am – 12:15pm         Reading Session 1 – MorningStar Music – Sanctuary


12:30pm – 1:30pm           Lunch (part of the meal package) with a

                                       Professional Organization

                                       (ALCM, FUMMWA, PAM)


1:30pm – 2:30pm             Workshops


  1. Choral Workshop – Anton Armstrong
  2. Facebook Basics – Marian Dolan – Room 207
  3. The Liturgical Year with Children – Karol Kimmell Rm 104


2:45-3:45pm                       Reading Session 2 – Augsburg Fortress –



4:00pm – 5:00pm             Workshops


  1. It’s All about Rhythm and More! – David Vandemeer – Handbell room
  2. Using art in Worship: Resources and Ideas - Joe Stobaugh
  3. Children’s Choirs- The Program and the Planning – Karol Kimmell


5:00 – 7:00                           Dinner on your own


7:00pm -                              Rehearsal for Friday Evening Festival Service – Sanctuary


                                                Exhibits – McSpadden Hall 




8:30am – 9:30am              Morning Worship, Ferguson & Seltz – Sanctuary


9:30am – 10:30am            Panel discussion with the clinicians – Sanctuary


10:30am – 11:00am         Break. Visit Exhibits


11:00am – 12:00pm         Reading Session 3 – Hinshaw Music


12:30pm – 2:00pm           Lunch (part of meal plan) Visit exhibits


2:00pm – 3:00pm             Workshops


  1. Collaborative Worship Planning – David Vandemeer
  2. Anton Armstrong


3:15pm – 4:30pm             Rehearsal for Festival Service – Sanctuary


4:30pm – 5:30pm             Visit exhibits, make final purchase


5:30pm – 7:30 pm            Free Time, relax at beach


7:30pm                                 Festival concert 




Collaborative Worship Planning: David VanderMeer


Really? Why do it? Can a pastor and musician plan worship together? This class will give you various models for successful and collaborative worship planning meetings. A variety of worship services will be shared. A bibliography of worship resources will be given to each participant. 


It’s All about Rhythm and More! David VanderMeer


In this class we will explore various rhythm exercises and techniques that help handbell ringers become better musicians. We will focus on increasing your musicianship and ringing skills through rhythmic accuracy and precision. In addition, using bells within the liturgy of worship will be shared! 


Curating Worship: Joe Stobaugh


Managing multiple services in multiple styles is one of the responsibilities on many a musician’s plate these days. This session will help you think through the issues of how to manage all of the participants and volunteers needed to make these services meaningful and how to keep everyone on the same page. 


Using Art in Worship: Joe Stobaugh


Using art effectively and appropriately can greatly enhance the worship experience. This class will help you discover new resources, techniques, and will give you new ideas that can quickly be put into practice. 


Pipes and Wind Connections: Teresa Bowers 


This session will survey the repertoire for woodwind instruments and organ with particular focus on the flute/organ duo literature.  Discussion will include tips for performance collaborations with wind players and suggestions for working with young and amateur musicians.


Facebook Basics: Marian Dolan


Ready to use FB to grow and nurture your choir's online community? In this workshop you'll learn: the difference between Profile vs Page vs Group, how great content grows a FB Page, how to schedule posts, best image sizes, setting Admin roles, security 101's, and links to FB resources.


Visuals for Choirs: Karol Kimmell


Spark your singers' imaginations with creative visuals. Discover new ways to teach text, melody, form, diction, and musical and choral concepts through the use of colors, shapes, manipulatives, and movement. You'll find practical ideas for rehearsal room set-up, learn effective singing games and warm-ups, and take home ready-to-use ideas to inspire your singers and you! 


The Liturgical Year with Children: Karol Kimmell


Experience the Liturgical Year with your children's choirs in rehearsal as well as in worship. Through seasonal chants, symbols, hymns, anthems, prayers, observations, and events you and your singers will meaningfully and intentionally follow the life of Christ and the Church each week. 


Children’s Choirs – The Planning and Programming: Karol Kimell

Practical advice on starting, running, and maintaining an exciting children's choir program. It's hard work and there is no quick fix, but attention to certain details can get your program on the path to continued success. We will discuss recruitment, communication, organization, budgeting, establishing traditions, making changes and learning from mistakes.



Have questions about National Conference for Sacred Music? Contact Augsburg Fortress

When & Where

Naples United Church of Christ
5200 Crayton Road
Naples Park, FL 34103

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 2:00 PM - Friday, January 10, 2014 at 9:00 PM (EST)

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