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Worship & Music Conference

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Steeped in the Wesley tradition of "training minds and warming hearts," Virginia Wesleyan University's non-denominational Worship & Music Conference offers continuing education opportunities for church musicians, worship leaders, music teachers, and all who are interested in the sacred arts. (Academic credit is available)

Conference Date: July 24-29, 2017

Available for your enjoyment, for Continuing Education Units (1 ceu per day), or Academic Credit.  Different rates and requirements apply.

Monday, July 24, 2017

3:00 p.m.
Residence Halls open

3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
“Directing Church Choirs”

6:00 p.m.
Buffet Dinner
Shafer Room, Boyd Dining Center

7:30 p.m.
“Over My Head, I Hear Music”
Monumental Chapel, VWU

Tuesday, July 25, 2016

Dr. Eileen Guenther

Dr. Eileen Guenther
Spirituals: Creativity & Boundless Power

I. Spirituals: Origins and Musical Characteristics

II. Spirituals: Slave Religion

III & IV Spirituals’ Themes & Use in the Civil Rights Movement


Chuck Bell

Chuck Bell
Technology as Worship Tool

I. Exploring Technology as a Tool for Your Ministry

II. Exploring Technology cont.

III. Why Worship FLOW is Important

IV. The Worshipping Musician


Pepper Choplin

Pepper Choplin
Composer Spotlight

I. General Music  - Anthem Reading Sessions (part 1)

II. Vocal techniques for the Choir

III. Christmas Music – Anthem Reading Session

IV. General Music – Anthem Reading (part 2)


Phil Guilfoyle

Phil Guilfoyle
Hands-on Glass

I. - IV. Kiln-Fused Glass Ornaments & Objects
(Also repeats Wednesday a.m.) Design colorful glass objects using cut sheet glass (much like stained glass). Objects will be kiln-fused overnight and ready for pick-up the next day.

CJ Redden-Liotta4:00 p.m. BONUS

Chuck Bell
“The Worship Playing Field”
A guided discussion on planning and kicking off a new corporate worship service including necessary advance research and how to measure success.

Evening Events

7:30 p.m.
Great Bridge Presbyterian / Wesleyan Worship Choir rehearsal with David Schwoebel

Wednesday, July 26, 2016

David Schwoebel

David Schwoebel
Composer Spotlight

I. Birthing and Building Major Musical Events

II. Choral Anthem Reading (part 1)

III. Practical and Productive Rehearsal Tips

IV. Choral Anthem Reading (part 2)


Rev. Dr. Craig Mueller

Rev. Dr. Craig Mueller
The Future of Worship &Preaching in a Digital Age

I. Virtuality: Bodies, Technology and Worship

II. 24/7: Finding the Time

III. Access: Welcoming Mystery

IV. Connectivity: Embracing Real Life


Susan Eernisse

Susan Eernisse
Children’s Music

I. What’s New from Choristers Guild? (anthems)

II. What to Teach Children When

III. Growing in Grace – All Creation Sings

IV. Mastering More than Music


Phil Guilfoyle

Phil Guilfoyle
Hands-on Glass

I. & II. Kiln-Fused Glass Ornaments & Objects
Design colorful glass objects using cut sheet glass (much like stained glass). Objects will be kiln-fused overnight and ready for pick-up the next day.

CJ Redden-Liotta

CJ Redden-Liotta
Congregational Hymns in Modern Times

III. & IV. Hymns Old & New with Copyright the Right Way

CJ Redden-Liotta4:00 p.m. BONUS

Ann Cyptar
“Caring for the Vocal Apparatus”
Learn how the vocal apparatus works, signs of injury, and healthy habits for maintaining good vocal production throughout a lifetime of music-making.

Evening Events

7:30 p.m.
Festival Worship (Great Bridge Presbyterian) with Rev. Brandon Nichols, worship leader; David Schwoebel, conductor; Jason Evans, pianist; Dr. Matthew Russell, organist; the Wesleyan Worship Choir

Thursday, July 27, 2016

Alan Reese

Alan Reese
Handbells

I. Bells in Worship

II. What Does THAT Mean?

III. Fewer People Can Mean More Bells!

IV. Something Old, Something New (reading session)


Joel Raney

Joel Raney
Composer Spotlight

I. & II. Raney’s Favorite Choral Anthems

III. Raney’s Favorite Keyboard Collections

IV. Tips for the Composer


Nathan Crabtree

Nathan Crabtree
Drumming

I. Drumming Responses

II. Drumming Essentials

III. Whacky Drums

IV. Drumming the Psalms

CJ Redden-LiottaCJ Redden-Liotta4:00 p.m. BONUS

Jason Squinobal & George Stone
“Creatively Working with Instrumentalists”
A demonstration of unique ways to use instruments plus tips for working with young instrumentalists and key items all of them wish YOU knew.

Evening Events

7:30 p.m.
Hymn Festival (First Presbyterian-Va Beach) co-sponsored by the American Organists Guild-Tidewater Chapter with Dr. Bradley Hunter Welch, organist

Friday, July 28, 2016

Constantina Tsolainou

Constantina Tsolainou
Choral Artistry

I. There is No Such Thing as a Neutral Syllable

II. Tools of the Trade: Beyond Nuts & Bolts

 

Billye Brown Youmans

Billye Brown Youmans
Vocal Perfection

III. Diction Diversions

IV. Taking the Fear Out of Foreign Languages


Dr. Bradley Hunter Welch

Dr. Bradley Hunter Welch
Organ

I. Registration: The Organist’s Palette

II. New Wine into New Wineskins: Planned Improvisation

Dr. Matthew Russell

Dr. Matthew Russell
Organ Plus

III. Organ Informance

IV. Saturday Night Music


Dr. Deborah Sokolove

Dr. Deborah Sokolove
Art in the Church & in Life

I. Art and the Need of the World

II. Finding Words for Worship

III. Dressing the Church for the Liturgical Year

IV. Let there be Light! A Handmade Midrash

Evening Events

7:30 p.m.
Christ & St. Luke’s Episcopal / rehearsal with Constantina Tsolainou and the Wesleyan Festival Chorus

Saturday, July 29, 2016

9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Wesleyan Festival Chorus rehearsal

7:30 p.m.
“Finale: Sing to the Lord with Cheerful Voice” – a concert of sacred choral classics by the Wesleyan Festival Chorus with Constantina Tsolainou, conductor; Kevin Kwan, organist, and the Wesleyan Festival Brass led by Lawrence Clemens.

For more information, email sbilly@vwu.edu or call the CSM at 757.455.3376.