Summer 2016 Music Clinics Registration

Augsburg Fortress looks forward to seeing you at one of our six FREE Summer 2016 Music Clinics! Read through new seasonal music, attend workshops led by clinicians Michael Burkhardt and Kristina Langlois, participate in a hymn festival, and more.

JULY 15-16
Roseville Lutheran Church
1215 Roselawn Avenue W
Roseville, MN 55113
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JULY 22-23
St Paul’s Lutheran Church
1715 Bull Street
Columbia, SC 29201
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JULY 25-26
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
1100 East 55th Street
Chicago, IL 60615
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JULY 29-30
Trinity Lutheran Church
6215 196th Street SW
Lynnwood, WA 98036
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Gethsemane Lutheran Church
35 E Stanton Avenue
Columbus, OH 43214
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St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
415 E Athens Avenue
Ardmore, PA 19003
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Join Us!

This summer, join hundreds of other church musicians in exploring fresh and innovative ways to enliven music in worship. Summer Music Clinics are designed for everyone involved in creating and planning music for worship. Clinicians Michael Burkhardt and Kristina Langlois lead a variety of workshops, including “What Tools Are in Your Hymn Playing Toolbox” (Langlois), “Advent . . . A Season of Longing and Anticipation” (Burkhardt), and “Children in Worship” (Burkhardt), along with choral, keyboard, children’s, and handbell reading sessions. Connect with other church musicians while previewing new seasonal music, discover ways to observe the five-hundredth anniversary of the Reformation with new resources for music and worship, and join other musicians and the community for the hymn festival, “A Holy Week Journey: A Festival of Hymns.” As we did in 2015, we will reprise Day One workshops on Day Two. Attend the one you missed, or repeat the same one again!

Augsburg Fortress music featured in the reading sessions is offered to clinic participants at a 15% discount with free shipping! As always, Prelude Music Planner subscribers receive a 20% discount on Augsburg Fortress music.


Schedule for Twin Cities, Columbia, Seattle, Columbus, and Philadelphia

Day One

8:30-9:00 Check-in and Registration
9:00-11:00 Handbells (see list of handbell clinicians)
11:15-12:15 Children’s Music Repertoire (Burkhardt)
12:15-1:30 Lunch on your own
1:30-3:00 Keyboard Repertoire (Langlois)
3:00-3:15 Break
3:15-4:30 Workshop A or B
A. What Tools Are in Your Hymn Playing Toolbox? (Langlois)
B. Children in Worship (Burkhardt)
4:30-5:30 Advent: A Season of Longing and Expectation (Burkhardt)
5:30-7:00 Dinner on your own
6:15-7:00 Rehearsal for Hymn Festival, focusing on the choir’s role in worship as participants gather to prepare for the clinic hymn festival
7:00 Hymn Festival (Burkhardt and Langlois)

Day Two

8:30-9:00 Check-in and Registration
9:00-10:15 Workshops A and B
A. What Tools Are in Your Hymn Playing Toolbox (Langlois; repeat of Day One)
B. Advent: A Season of Longing and Expectation (Burkhardt; repeat of Day One)
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-12:00 Choral Session I (Burkhardt)
12:00-1:30 Lunch on your own
1:30-3:00 Choral Session II (Burkhardt)

Schedule for Chicago with ALCM Region 3 Conference

Day One

9:00-9:30 Check-in and Registration
9:30-12:00 Handbells (Schmidt)
12:30-1:30 Lunch on your own (the LSTC cafeteria will be open)
1:30-2:30 Children’s Music Repertoire (Burkhardt)
2:30-4:00 Organ Repertoire (Langlois)
4:00-4:15 Break
4:15-5:30 Workshops A or B
A. What Tools Are in Your Hymn Playing Toolbox? (Langlois)
B. Children in Worship (Burkhardt)
5:30-6:30 Dinner on your own
6:30 Advent: A Season of Longing and Expectation (Burkhardt)

Day Two

8:30-9:00 Check-in and Registration
9:00-10:30 Choral Session (Burkhardt)
10:30-11:00 Break
11:00-12:00 Choral Session II (Langlois

ALCM Region 3 schedule begins for those who are registered for that event.
Visit the ALCM Region 3 Conference website to learn more and register.

LaQuinta Inn & Suites, Chicago–Lake Shore, located in the Hyde Park neighborhood, is the conference hotel. Rooms are available for reservations beginning July 24 at the ALCM rate of $149 per night. Call 773-324-3000 for reservations or visit their website.


This workshop addresses the challenges of playing hymns of diverse styles in a way that acknowledges the culture and community from which the hymn originates and in which it presently happens. We will explore various techniques by which the organist can render dynamic interpretations that help the singing assembly find inspiration and joy.

A “hands on” experiential workshop for organists, worship planners, and choir directors of all ages, with a focus on creative and unified worship planning and musical offerings, both planned and spontaneous.

This experiential workshop for worship leaders and choir directors focuses on engaging children in worship. Participants will review the new Choristers Guild publication Worship and the Young Child, with creative materials from the Hearts, Hands and Voices worship and fine arts curriculum, along with Sundays and Seasons.


Michael Burkhardt

MICHAEL BURKHARDT is internationally known for his innovative and inspiring hymn festivals and for his creative work for children. He is in frequent demand as a choral clinician, organ recitalist, and hymn festival leader. Dr. Burkhardt serves Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Livonia, Michigan, as cantor, and Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, as artist-professor of organ. In addition, he is the artistic director of the Detroit Handbell Ensemble and Hearts, Hands and Voices, a worship and fine arts program for children in grades 2-7.

He has performed and led seminars at both national and regional events for the American Guild of Organists, the Hymn Society, the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts, and the American Choral Directors Association. Since 2003, he has made six performance-teaching tours to South Korea and Singapore.

Dr. Burkhardt is author of three education sources: Part-Singing Global Style, a resource focusing on sequential part-singing techniques in treble arrangements of global pieces; Singing with Understanding, a curriculum utilizing the great hymns, folk songs, and spirituals of the church to share faith stories and to teach the elements of music and worship; and Read ‘n Ring, a handbell resource for teaching music literacy to ringers of all ages. In addition, he is composer of three settings of the eucharistic liturgy, A New Song, Missa St. Andrew, and Missa Mixolydian, as well as numerous organ improvisations, choral octavos, and handbell compositions, available through MorningStar Music Publishers, Augsburg Fortress, Choristers Guild, Concordia Publishing House, AGEHR and GIA.

Kristina Langlois

KRISTINA LANGLOIS is currently co-director of music at Augustana Lutheran Church, West St. Paul, Minnesota. Prior to this position, she directed an extensive music program at Westwood Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, for 21 years. In addition, since 2011 she has served as university organist and organ professor at Concordia University-St. Paul. Dr. Langlois holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Master of Church Music degree from Concordia University-Chicago, and a Doctor of Music degree from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. Professional activities include service on numerous committees of the Twin Cities chapter of the American Guild of Organists, including two years as dean. She co-edited With a Voice of Singing, a festschrift celebrating the life of church musician Ronald A. Nelson. Dr. Langlois is an active recitalist, clinician, and competition judge. In addition, her choral music and hymn settings for organ are published by Augsburg Fortress, MorningStar Music, and Concordia Publishing House.


Twin Cities: Jill Mahr

Jill Mahr

A Minnesota native, JILL MAHR has been teaching at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, for the last 21 years, where she conducts the handbell choirs and teaches flute. Under her direction the handbell program has expanded to three choirs. Over the last 14 years the premiere group, the St. Olaf Handbell Choir, has toured throughout the Midwest. They have also appeared nationally on the PBS broadcasts of the St. Olaf Christmas Festival. Jill founded and leads a youth program of five handbell choirs at her church, Bethel Lutheran, in Northfield. She is in demand as a handbell clinician and conductor and was a conductor for the Area VII Festival in 2010. Jill is an active member of AGEHR and a past secretary of Area VII. She is principal flute in the Mankato Symphony Orchestra and has a private flute studio in her home. She holds a Bachelor of Music in flute performance and music education with a jazz minor from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and a Master of Arts degree in flute performance from Northwestern University in Chicago.

Columbia: Ron Davis

Ron Davis

RON DAVIS is professor of music at Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC. He directs the PC Ringers, an auditioned handbell ensemble which tours twice each year. Under his direction the ensemble has become one of the notable handbell choirs in the southeastern United States. He has directed collegiate level handbell groups since 2002, and has directed church bell ensembles for over 25 years. He is an active member of Handbell Musicians of America, and has served as clinician for churches and handbell events throughout the southeast.

At Presbyterian College his additional teaching responsibilities include music theory, organ, directing Cantare! (PC’s choir for men) as well as courses in sacred music. While his compositions are unpublished, he has received commissions for choral and handbell compositions for a variety of churches in South Carolina. Dr. Davis also serves as organist of First Baptist Church of Greenwood, South Carolina.

Chicago: Sharon Schmidt

Sharon Schmidt

SHARON SCHMIDT is director of two adult handbell ensembles at Gary United Methodist Church in Wheaton, Illinois, and has been involved with handbells since the mid-1970s. A charter and current member of the Chicago area handbell ensemble The Agape Ringers, Sharon has been attending and organizing handbell events for more than 20 years. She currently serves as the national Certification Program Coordinator for Handbell Musicians of America. Her teaching experience includes numerous local, area, and national events.

Seattle: Ron Mallory


RON MALLORY has a master’s degree in choral conducting from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree in music composition from California State University, Long Beach. He is active as a musician in the Seattle/Tacoma area where he serves as worship director at Resurrection Lutheran Church, teaches handbell classes at Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, and directs the Rainier Ringers community handbell ensemble. Ron has numerous published compositions and arrangements for handbells, choir, and other ensembles, and has won composition contests sponsored by Bells of the Sound and Handbell Musicians of America. He also has professional experience as a studio musician, jazz pianist, video producer, and graphic artist. Ron lives in Maple Valley, Washington, with his wife Emily and their children Vivian and Miles.

Columbus: Jane Irvine

Jane Irvine Alternate

JANE IRVINE was introduced to handbells in 1980. She had a successful graded handbell program for junior high students in southeastern Ohio for 27 years, and has directed church handbell programs since 1982. She studied handbell conducting with Dr. William Payn, has been a clinician for the Augsburg Fortress Summer Music Clinics, and has conducted the Delaware Ohio massed handbell festival. She is a member of the Mid-Ohio Valley Ringers, a bronze-level community choir where she shares conducting responsibilities. She has attended Distinctly Bronze East for the past nine years and has been a member of the Handbell Musicians of America for over 30 years. After a short retirement from teaching music, she became executive director of Artsbridge, an arts-support agency in Parkersburg, West Virginia. She serves as organist and handbell director at St. Luke’s Lutheran in Marietta, Ohio, and is the staff accompanist at West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Philadelphia: Kathleen Ebling Shaw

Kathy Ebling Shaw

Marking her 25th year as conductor of the Westminster Concert Bell Choir, KATHLEEN EBLING SHAW is a member of the sacred music department at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, where she teaches classes in handbell training and conducts a second handbell choir. She is a graduate of Westminster Choir College.

Well known as a handbell clinician, Shaw has conducted sessions for the Handbell Musicians of America (AGEHR) both on the local and national levels. Other engagements have included sessions for the American Guild of Organists; the New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Texas Music Educators Conferences; Choristers Guild; Presbyterian Association of Musicians Conferences; the St. Olaf Church Music Conference; and International Handbell Symposia in Japan, England, Korea, Australia, and the United States. Upcoming engagements include the Handbell Musicians of America Directors Seminar in Rochester in July 2016, and HMA Distinctly Bronze West in February 2017, as a featured conductor.

Choirs under the direction of Shaw have performed at Carnegie Hall and the World Financial Center’s Festival of Light and Sound. They have also been featured on Lifetime Television, QVC, NBC’s TODAY Show, New Jersey Network, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, and NBC’s nationally televised Lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. She has also produced eight recordings with the Westminster Concert Bell Choir.

Shaw is also the recipient of an Alumni Merit Award from Westminster Choir College of Rider University in recognition of her dedication to the art of handbell ringing and her enthusiasm and accomplishments in the classroom as well as the concert hall.