Worship & Music Conference

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Steeped in the Wesley tradition of "training minds and warming hearts," Virginia Wesleyan College'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 25-30, 2016

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

Resources

Monday, July 25, 2016

2:00 p.m.
Dorms open

3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
"Directing Church Choirs” (Fine Arts 9 - $)

6:00 p.m.
Opening buffet  (Boyd-$)

7:30 p.m.
“A Service of Christian Prayer using the music of Taizé (Monumental Chapel )

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

8:45 - 9:15 a.m.
Check-in/Register (Fine Arts)

9:15 - 9:55 a.m.
Morning Sing

  • The Volunteer Choir - Patti Drennan
      1. Developing Artistry and Musicianship
    • 2. Brand New, Tried & True: Musical Gems for Church Choirs
    • 3. Simple Solutions for Slim Sundays
    • 4. It’s All About Those Instrumentalists
  • The Conductor - Bryson Mortensen
    • 1. Score
    • 2. Diction
    • 3 & 4. Conducting Masterclass
  • Children’s Music - Heather Olson
    • 1. K.A.M.P!  (Kids for Arts, Music and Praise!)
    • 2. With Action and in Truth – Lower Elementary
    • 3. With Action and in Truth – Upper Elementary
    • 4. Connections: Biblical Truths through Children’s Musicals
  • Hands-On Glass - Phil Guilfoyle
    • 1 - 4. Kiln-Fused Glass Ornaments & Objects

10:00 - 4:00 p.m. 
Workshop sessions

4:00 p.m.
BONUS – Patti Drennan
Tips for Successful Composition in the School and Church Choir

7:00 p.m.
“Are You Legal?”   (Hofheimer Theater- $)
Rob Monath leads a session on copyright for the church musician.

Patti DrennanBryson MortensenHeather OlsonPhil GuilfoyleRob Monath

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

8:45 - 9:15 a.m.
Check-in/Register (Fine Arts)

9:15 - 9:55 a.m.
Morning Sing

  • Handbells - John Behnke
    • 1. Refining Your Ringing
    • 2. Visual Choreography for Handbells
    • 3. Dazzle Them – Play by Memory!
    • 4. AGEHR Reading Session
  • Choir Booster Shot - Michael Kemp
    • 1. Rejuvenating Senior Voices
    • 2. Surefire Recruiting for Church Choirs
    • 3. Innovative Warm-ups for the Volunteer Choir
    • 4. Layered Learning Rehearsal Techniques
  • Reclaiming the Earth in Worship - Paul Galbreath
    • 1. Questions and Sources for Renewal
    • 2. Baptism: Water as God’s Gift to Us
    • 3. Eucharist: Bread & Wine as Grounds for Thanksgiving
    • 4. Sacramental Living: Christian Life on Holy Ground
  • Hands-On Glass – Phil Guilfoyle
      1 & 2. Kiln-Fused Glass (see Tuesday)

10:00 - 4:00 p.m. 
Workshop sessions

4:00 p.m.
BONUS – Michael Kemp Conducting Instrumentalists

 

7:30 p.m.
Festival Worship: “Sing to the Lord a New Song” (Great Bridge Presbyterian, 333 Cedar Road, Chesapeake)

John BehnkeMichael Kemp Paul GalbreathPhil Guilfoyle

Thursday, July 28, 2016

8:45 - 9:15 a.m.
Check-in/Register (Fine Arts)

9:15 - 9:55 a.m.
Morning Sing

  • Revitalize Worship – Marcia McFee
      1. Think Like a Filmmaker
    • 2. Beyond Banners: The Visual & Media Artist
    • 3. Words, Words, Words – the Verbal Artist
    • 4. Cue-to-Cue: Make it Flow
  • Composer Spotlight – Craig Courtney
    • 1 - 4. Choral Anthem Reading sessions
  • Organ – Charles Callahan (at First Presby, 300 36th Street, VB)
    • 1. Organ Basics
    • 2. Organ Music of Charles Callahan
  • Sing it Simply – Thomas Keesecker
    • 1 & 2. Sing it Simply
    • 3. Choral Anthem Reading Session
    • 4. Creativity & Healing
  • Music Theory – George Stone
    • 4. Music Theory the Easy Way

10:00 - 4:00 p.m. 
Workshop sessions

4:00 p.m.
BONUS – Doug Owens Hearing Conservation for the Musician

7:30 p.m.
Hymn Festival: “Let Heavenly Music Fill This Place” (First Presbyterian Church, 300 36th Street, Virginia Beach)

Marcia McFeeCraig CourtneyCharles CallahanThomas KeeseckerGeorge StoneDoug Owens

Friday, July 29, 2016

8:45 - 9:15 a.m.
Check-in/Register (Fine Arts)

9:15 - 9:55 a.m.
Morning Sing

  • Choral Artistry – Tim Sharp
    • 1 & 2. Choral Balance
    • 3 & 4. Choral Blend
  • African American Spirituals & Gospel Music – Mellonee Burnim
    • 1. What IS African American Music?
    • 2. Embracing Dance as a Core Value in Afr-Am Sacred Music
    • 3. African American Music in Standard Hymnals
    • 4. Performing African American Sacred Music Repertoire
  • Pre-School Music – Charlotte Brandt
    • 1. Music for Little Ones
    • 2. Sing Hello to Everyone – God Loves You!
    • 3. Session 1 repeats
    • 4. Session 2 repeats

10:00 - 4:00 p.m. 
Workshop sessions

7:30 p.m.
Wesleyan Festival Chorus rehearsal (conference participants may observe)

Tim Sharp Mellonee BurnimCharlotte Brandt

Saturday, July 30, 2016

9:30-12:30 p.m.
Wesleyan Festival Chorus rehearsal  (conference participants may observe)

7:30 p.m.
Choral Concert:
  “Finale: Sing to the Lord with Cheerful Voice”  (Christ & St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 560 W. Olney Road, Norfolk)

Fees

Conference Fees

Full Conference - $325 (opening banquet, classes & materials for your registered sessions, refreshments.  $75 deposit due with registration)
Full-Day - $95 (Total due with registration)  Boyd Institute clergy rate: $72
Half-Day - $50  (Total due with registration)
Youth Rate - $35 (per day for high school/college students accompanying a paying adult)

Housing

Campus Housing - $40 per night (private room); $25 per night (shared room)
Basic Linen Package - $15 (or provide your own - extra-long twin beds);
Extra-Linens - $20 (pillow & light bedspread) – in addition to Basic pkg rate
Off-campus housing is available at various nearby hotels offering VWC discounts.

Meals

Breakfast (continental) - $6.00; Lunch - $9.00; Dinner - $9.00 (payable by cash or credit card)

Transportation

Bus transportation to Wed/Thurs evening off-campus events:  $20 (dorm residents have first-preference)
For the “Finale” rehearsals and concert, van transportation is provided for dorm residents at no charge.

College Credit

UNDERGRADUATE credit through VWC (4 credits: $1,596 plus $40 application fee or $20 re-admit fee.  Contact the VWC Adult Studies Office at 757-455-3214 to register for MUS-310, 2nd session).   A 50% discount rate is available for teachers with active Virginia licensure.

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