Sacred Music Summer Conference
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Steeped in the Wesley tradition of "training minds and warming hearts," Virginia Wesleyan College's non-denominational Sacred Music Summer 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 22-27, 2013
Available for your enjoyment, for Continuing Education Units (1 ceu per day), or Academic Credit. Different rates and requirements apply.
Daily schedule (Tues through Fri):
Evening events as indicated below
Monday, July 22, 2013
Residence Halls open at 4:00pm
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Handbells - Anna Laura Page
I. Handbell Articulations
II. Learning to Ring Musically
III. Handbell Reading Session
IV. You Ask Me!
More Than 3 Hymns and a Sermon – Craig Wansink
I-IV. Seeking meaningful, relevant, creative and thoughtful worship
Conducting Master Class – Michael Trotta
I. Contemplative Conducting
II. Sing What you See
IV. The Integral Musician
4:00pm Bonus: “Anna Laura Page Reading Session” anthems of Page, led by Page
7:30pm Choral Rehearsal w/ Mark Hayes
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
The Worship Architect – Constance Cherry
I & II. Blueprints for Worship
III. Worship Windows: Encountering God Through Song
IV. From Spectator to Participant
The Church Choir – Mark Hayes
I. Choral Anthem Reading Session
II. Seeing the Divine in Yourself & Others
III. Choral Anthem Reading Session
IV. Keyboard Improvisation: Creating “Flow” in Praise & Worship Music
Worshipful Play the Orff Way – Abby Baird
Experience the magical, motivational Orff process through singing, moving, playing and improvising.
III. Explore speech pieces, songs, and simple orchestrations using barred and unpitched percussion for grades K-2.
IV. Explore songs and instrumental pieces suitable for grades 3-5.
4:00pm Bonus: “The Ear” with Dr. Stephanie Moody-Antonio
7:30pm: “To Love Our God” festival worship w/ Mark Hayes conducting the 100-voice Wesleyan Worship Choir (Great Bridge Presbyterian, 333 Cedar Rd, Chesapeake)
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Beyond Bathrobes – Tom Long & Jocelyn Sluka
I. Beyond Bathrobes: Theater in Christian Education
II. Beyond Bathrobes II: Theater in Worship
III. Enacted Word: Using Theater to Present Scripture
IV. All God’s Children Got Tales: Storytelling
Confronting Pain: How Hymns Can Heal – Deborah Loftis
I & II. Deepest pain often results from situations difficult to share: dementia, suicide, domestic violence, drug abuse, traumatic death. As with physical wounds, emotional and spiritual wounds need care. Current hymn writers address these topics with open, direct language and a window of opportunity for healing.
The Choir & Organ - Robert Hobby
I. Choral Anthem Reading Session
II. Building (or Re-building) a Choir Program
III. Organ: Energizing Congregational Song
IV. Organ: Repertoire for the Church Year.
Sing, Chant, Arrange – Michael Trotta
III. Psalm-Singing and Chant
IV. Choral Arranging
4:00 Bonus: “The Celtic Hymn Festival” with Richard Sowers
7:30pm: “The Journey,” a hymn festival of the Christian pilgrimage, led by Robert Hobby. Co-sponsored by the American Organist Guild-Tidewater Chapter (First Presbyterian Church, 300 36th Street, VaBeach)
Friday, July 26, 2013
For Choir & Congregation – Philip Brunelle
I. The Thrill of Great Hymn Singing
II. Getting a “Handle” on Handel’s “Messiah”
III. Commissioning Music for Your Choir
IV. Choosing the Right Repertoire (and Order) for a Concert
Children’s Choirs – Kathie Hill
I. Teaching as You Rehearse
II. Plant a Preschool Choir – Grow a Children’s Choir
III. Attracting Older Kids and Boys Through WAM
IV. Auditions, Dress Rehearsals & Other Things to Test Your Christianity
Music and the Brain – Linda Maguire
I & II. Vocal Resonance & Brain Stimulation
III & IV. Music Memory and the Cerebellum
4:00pm Bonus: “Sacred Choral Music of Canadian Choral Composers” with Cody Obst
7:30pm – Rehearsal of Wesleyan Festival Chorus w/Philip Brunelle
Saturday, July 27, 2013
9:30am-12:30pm: Wesleyan Festival Chorus rehearsal (led by Philip Brunelle)
Air-conditioned Residence Halls (includes mini-refrigerator & microwave on hall, shared bathrooms by suite or hall-wing, extra-long twin beds): $40 (private room, per night), $20 (shared room, per night).
Linens (2 sheets, pillowcase, 2 towels, washcloth): $12
Off-campus housing is available at various nearby hotels.
The closest is the Quality Inn-Lake Wright Conference Center at 757.461.6251 (mention you're attending a VWC event for their best rates in the "Sleep Inn" during the summer months).
Full Conference: $289
High school student (with adult participant): $35 per day
Opening Dinner Buffet: $25 (already included in full-fee)
Wednesday Wesleyan Worship Choir participation fee: $10
‘Finale’s Wesleyan Festival Chorus participation fee: $15
“Directing Church Choirs” course fee: $175
Academic Credit (MUS310-4 undergraduate credits). Registration through the VWC Adult Studies office at 757-455-3214.
For more information, email email@example.com or call the CSM at 757.455.3376.