January 4-6, 2017
Leading the Church’s Song
Featuring Robert Hobby, Allen Hightower, Craig Mueller, Tom Shelton, Stephen Mitchell, and Mark Lawson.
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:
- New worship planning ideas for your congregation 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
- 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
- Workshops for working with children
- Morning worship creatively crafted by Craig Mueller
- Hymn Festival with Robert Hobby and Allen Hightower
Registration Fee for Entire Conference: $150
Registration Fee for Individual Days: $50
Meal Plan (includes Wednesday dinner, and Thursday and Friday lunches): $35
Hotel Information for NCSM
There are many hotels in the area. A block of rooms has been reserved at The Dunhill Hotel at a rate of $139 (Vintage Queen) or $159 (Deluxe Queen).
The Dunhill Hotel is located 2 blocks from First Presbyterian Church. Please call the hotel directly to reserve your room at 704-332-4141, and reference “National Conference for Sacred Music” to receive the conference rate. Or reserve online here. The conference rate is available Tuesday, January 3, through Friday, January 6. Be sure to reserve your room by Monday, December 12, 2016, in order to receive the conference rate.
Wednesday, January 4
|2:00pm-3:00pm||Registration; Browse Exhibits|
|3:00pm-3:15pm||Welcome, Introduction and Announcements—Sanctuary|
|3:15pm-4:30pm||Opening Workshop: Ministry in a 24/7 World—Craig Mueller|
|5:00pm-6:00pm||Dinner (Part of Meal Plan)|
|Rehearsal for Friday Night Hymn Festival—Allen Hightower and Robert Hobby|
|Getting out of the Rut—Tom Shelton|
|7:30pm-8:30pm||Opening Worship Service with the NCSM Faculty|
|8:30pm Onward||Social Gathering/Exhibits|
Thursday, January 5
|9:00am-9:30am||Worship for the Twelfth Day of Christmas—Craig Mueller|
|The Role of Children’s Choirs in Sacred Space—Tom Shelton|
|Organ Workshop—Robert Hobby|
|Not Your Parents’ Church—Craig Mueller|
|11:30am-12:30pm||Reading Session 1: Multi Publisher—Tom Shelton|
|12:30pm-1:30pm||Lunch (Part of Meal Plan)|
|Finding Deeper Connects: Text and Emotion—Allen Hightower|
|Organ Workshop—Robert Hobby (repeat)|
|Handbells Session—Mark Lawson|
|3:00pm-4:00pm||Reading Session 2: Multi Publisher—Robert Hobby|
|The Three R’s for Youth Choirs—Stephen Mitchell|
|Not Your Parents’ Church—Craig Mueller (repeat)|
|Rehearsal Techniques: Efficiency and Humanity—Allen Hightower|
|5:30pm-6:30pm||Friday Festival Rehearsal—Allen Hightower and Robert Hobby|
|6:30pm Onward||Free Night|
Friday, January 6
|9:00am-9:30am||Worship for Epiphany—Craig Mueller|
|Rehearsal Techniques: Efficiency and Humanity—Allen Hightower (repeat)|
|Handbells—Mark Lawson (repeat)|
|The Three R’s for Youth Choirs—Stephen Mitchell (repeat)|
|11:30am-12:30pm||Reading Session 3: Multi Publisher—Allen Hightower|
|12:30pm-2:00pm||Lunch (Part of Meal Plan)—Visit Exhibits|
|Selecting Music for Youth Choirs—Stephen Mitchell|
|3:15pm-4:30pm||Workshop—Allen Hightower and Robert Hobby—Rehearsal for Hymn Festival|
|4:30pm-7:00pm||Dinner on your own|
|7:00pm||Hymn Festival with Allen Hightower and Robert Hobby|
Not Your Parents’ Church—Craig Mueller
Many churches are facing declining attendance and morale. Pastor Mueller will tell the story of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church’s redevelopment and growth. Located in Wrigleyville—a diverse, vibrant and somewhat hip neighborhood in Chicago. The church is populated with young adults in a transient and fluid time in their lives. Holy Trinity’s blend of traditional worship/music and progressive theology is both appropriate and surprising. Come and hear more about the congregation’s values of hospitality, inclusivity, liturgy, social justice, and spirituality, and what lessons there might be for the church of the future.
Ministry in a 24/7 World—Craig Mueller
Most people say that they don’t have enough time. Church professionals often do not model healthy boundaries such as taking a day off or not checking work email constantly. Whether you or others on your staff struggle with workaholism, this workshop will look at the challenge of time in our digital world, and spiritual resources that provide balance, rest, and renewal.
The Three R’s for Youth Choirs—Stephen Mitchell
Selecting Repertoire for Youth Choirs—Stephen Mitchell
Check out some of the newest as well as best-selling youth choir repertoire.
Seasonings; Energize your Congregational Singing—Robert Hobby
Using the hymnal, a variety of practical treatments will be used to illustrate how one can use resources at hand to enhance texts and styles of congregational song.
Finding Deeper Connection: Text and Emotion—Allen Hightower
This workshop will examine the relationship between text, musical expression, and emotion. We’ll explore how to draw singers into a deeper connection to the music and text that they sing. The result is a far more meaningful and satisfying experience for both singer and listener.
Rehearsal Techniques: Efficiency and Humanity—Allen Hightower
We will explore both philosophy and techniques that relate to building community within the choir and trust between the conductor and choir. How can we work in a time efficient way and yet create a warm and welcoming atmosphere in our rehearsals?
Getting Out of the Rut; Ideas for Introducing New Music to Young Singers—Tom Shelton
We all have our individual teaching styles when introducing new music. Sometimes we lose our creativity, fall in a “rut” and introduce new songs the same way every time. This session will explore creative ways to introduce a new song to developing singers, focusing on multiple learning styles and musical literacy.
The Role of Children’s Choirs in Sacred Space—Tom Shelton
This session will introduce creative ways for the children’s choir to be “leaders” in worship versus “performers” in the worship service. Introits, Prayer Responses, Anthems Benediction Responses and other service music will be presented. The idea of “framing” will be discussed which allows the children to participate, lead, and be an integral part of the service – instead of becoming a performance slot or a “fill in the blank” anthem that does not enhance the worship experience.