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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 27-August 1, 2015

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


Monday, July 27, 2015

3:00-5:00pm – “Directing Church Choirs”

4:00 pm – Dorm residents check-in at campus entrance & receive room keys

5:45pm  - Meet & Greet in Shafer Room (Boyd Dining Center)

6:00pm – Buffet dinner (Shafer Room)

7:30pm – A Service of Christian Prayer using the music of Taizé (Monumental Chapel, VWC)

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Check-in   8:45-9:15

Morning-SING!  9:15-9:50

Session I: 10am / Session II: 11:15am / Session III: 1:30pm / Session IV: 2:50pm


DeAndre Johnson DeAndre Johnson (cross-cultural worship & music)

1.       Worship Around God’s Table

2.       Adaptive Songleading 

3.       Planning for Pentecost  

4.       Accompanying Cross-Cultural Worship


Bradley Ellingboe
Bradley Ellingboe
(choral technique)

1.       Choral Anthem reading Session

2.       Conducting Gesture as it Shapes Tone

3.       What I Have Learned (Stolen) from the Greats – Shaw, Willcocks, Ericson, etc

4.       In Praise of Tradition (Don’t Throw the Baby Out with the Bathwater)


Rodney Barbour Rodney Barbour  (organ)

1.       “Creating ‘Soundscapes’ at the Organ: Stop Selection”

2.       “Ten Pistons:  Make Ten Generals Work for You”

3.       “Accompanying Congregational Song: Sound Choices for All Kinds”

4.       “Choosing Music for Worship: Repertoire for All Occasions”

4:00pm Bonus – “The Hymnody of I-to Loh” by Chi-Yi Chen

7:30pm – Wesleyan Worship Choir rehearsal with Joseph Martin (Great Bridge Presbyterian, 333 Cedar Road, Chesapeake – bus provided $)

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Check-in   8:45-9:15

Morning-SING!  9:15-9:50

Session I: 10am / Session II: 11:15am / Session III: 1:30pm / Session IV: 2:50pm


Joseph Martin Joseph Martin (music for choirs of all sizes)

1.       Thinking Outside the Loft

2.       O For a Dozen Tongues to Sing

3.       The Music of Grace

4.       Let All the World in Every Corner Sing





Eileen Guenther Eileen Guenther (Clergy/Musician Relationships)

1.       Conflict: Why It Happens & Mutual Confessions

2.       Teams:  Why They Matter & How to Build a Successful One

3.       Servant Leadership

4.       What Clergy Want Musicians to Know / What Musicians Want Clergy to Know


Jeff Phelps Jeff Phelps  (Dalcroze-Eurhythmics)

1-4. Group Eurhythmics




Jeff PhelpsPhil Guilfoyle  - Hands-On-Glass

I-IV: Kiln-Fused Glass Ornaments & Objects




Suzanne Daniel 4:00pm BONUS – Suzanne Daniel:   Practical Technology for the Church Musician

7:30pm – “Then Sings My Soul” Festival Worship

100-voice Wesleyan Worship Choir led by Joseph Martin; Dr. Craig Wansink preaches, ‘Friends of the Groom’ perform. (Great Bridge Presbyterian, 333 Cedar Rd, Chesapeake – bus provided $)

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Check-in   8:45-9:15

Morning-SING!  9:15-9:50

Session I: 10am / Session II: 11:15am / Session III: 1:30pm / Session IV: 2:50pm


Leonard Sweet Friends of the Groom  (theatre for church)

1.       Beyond Bathrobes I: Theater in Christian Ed

2.       Beyond Bathrobes II:  Theater in Worship

3.       Enacted Word:  Using Theater to Present Scripture

4.       One for the Music, Two for the Show: Children’s Musicals


Leonard Sweet Leonard Sweet  (worship & evangelism)

1.       “This is My Story, This is My Song: Learning the Vernacular of the Culture”

2.       “Moving Worship from Workzone to Playground”

3.       “A Charge to Keep I Have:  Keeping the ‘Charge’ of Creativity for a Lifetime of Ministry”

4.       “Illustration vs. Animation: A Case Study in Illustrating Points vs. Animating Stories”


Susan Eernisse Susan Eernisse  (children’s music)

1.       Growing in Grace – a children’s music curriculum

2.       Games & Songs for the children’s choir

3.       Sing Together! – reading session

4.       Getting Ready for Fall – musical learning activities


Billye Brown Youmans William Tortolano   (chant)

1.       Gregorian Chant (an easy intro plus how to sing the liturgy)

2.       Sing the Psalms (singing the psalms within the 8 psalm tones)




Billye Brown Youmans 4:00pm BONUS –  Billye Brown Youmans:   Choir Tours

7:30p - “Let Heavenly Music Fill This Place”  hymn festival

Featuring organists of the American Organists Guild-Tidewater Chapter, with the combined choirs of Eastern Shore Chapel (VB) and First Presbyterian Church (VB).  (First Presbyterian , 300 36th Street, Virginia Beach – bus provided $)

Friday, July 31, 2015

Check-in   8:45-9:15

Morning-SING!  9:15-9:50

Session I: 10am / Session II: 11:15am / Session III: 1:30pm / Session IV: 2:50pm


Mack Wilberg Mack Wilberg   (conductor for ‘Finale: Sing to the Lord with Cheerful Voice”)

1.       Choral Anthem Reading Session





Robert Shoup Robert Shoup (choral preparation)

2. “Co-Creating or Co-Dependent: Clarifying the Singer-Conductor Roles”

3. “Rehearsal Traps and Treasures: Harness Your Knowledge of Your Singers”

4. “Beyond the Beat Pattern: Conducting (or not) Courage”





Alan Reese Alan Reese (handbells)

1.       Advanced Handbell Ringing I (Shelly, 4-in-hand & more plus learning how to ring more bells with fewer ringers)

2.       Advanced Ringing II (creative solutions for seemingly impossible passages (weaving, table layout & traveling 4-in-hand)

3.       Reading session I – Music for bells with other instruments

4.       Reading session II – new releases

John Dull John Dull (Guitar for Worship)

1.       The Guitarist as Worship Leader – lead congregational song effectively

2.       The Guitar in Worship – What’s Possible?

3.       Repertoire for the Worship Guitarist – it’s not just for praise band

4.       Guitar Jam Session  (structured ‘jam’ to play through many selections and styles and their uses in various worship settings and in general worship, prayer services, camp/small group meetings, etc.

7:30pm  Wesleyan Festival Chorus rehearses with Mack Wilburg (Christ & St. Luke’s Episcopal, 560 W. Olney Rd, Norfolk)

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Wesleyan Festival Chorus rehearsal 9:30am-12:30pm – Wesleyan Festival Chorus rehearsa

7:30pm“Finale: Sing to the Lord with Cheerful Voice”

A concert of sacred choral classics featuring the 95-voice Wesleyan Festival Chorus under the direction of Mack Wilberg, conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, with Kevin Kwan, organist, and members of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.   (Christ & St. Luke’s Episcopal, 560 W. Olney Rd, Norfolk


Full Conference - $315 (opening banquet, classes & materials for your registered sessions.  $75 deposit due with registration)

Half-Day - $45 / Full-Day - $90 (includes classes & materials for your registered sessions.  Total fee due with registration)

Youth Rate - $35 (per day for high school/college students accompanying a participating adult)

College Credit – UNDERGRADUATE credit through VWC (4 credits: $1,544 plus $40 application fee or $20 re-admit fee. A 50% discount rate is available to teachers with active Virginia licensure.  Call the VWC Adult Studies office at 757-455-3214 to register for MUS-310.

Campus Housing - $40 per night (Private room; shared bath); $25 per night (shared room; shared bath)

Basic Linen Package - $15 (or provide your own - extra-long twin beds);

Extra-Linens - $20 (pillow & light bedspread)

Off-campus housing is available at various nearby hotels.

On-campus meals

Breakfast (continental) - $6
Lunch - $9
Dinner - $9
(payable by cash or credit card in the cafeteria)

Bus transportation (Tues, Wed, Thurs) - $25

For more information, email or call the CSM at 757.455.3376.

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