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Saturday, October 17, 2014, 1:30 pm

“Optional Sectional Rehearsals”

 Linda Kress & Ginger Wyrick (Sopranos and Altos) in Harrell Center Auditorium; Gary Smith & Jackson Henry (Tenors and Basses) in Terrace Hotel Auditorium

Good old fashioned note-pounding for anyone who wants more than the sectional rehearsals provide. All requested anthems will be covered.  Previous workshop participants have requested this to feel more secure singing their parts.

“Crafts”

  Claudia Smith & Diane Short Terrace Hotel 319 (repeated/continued at 2:30)

 Creating a spiritually-based craft that will: provide meaning to your spiritual journey; can be taken home and replicated for your home church; cost little or no money; and give you something to do other than sing! Come to either or both hours and expect to have fun.

“Broadway Hymns”

 Dean McIntyre in Susan Todd Lounge (continued at 2:30)

Playing and accompanying hymns like George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin from The United Methodist Hymnal! Class assumes a simple knowledge of keys & chords, but all are welcome. Bring a pencil. THIS IS A TWO-HOUR CLASS.

Saturday, October 17, 2014, 2:30 pm

“Song-leading: Connecting Word, Spirit, and Congregation through Song”

Daniel Craig in Terrace Hotel Auditorium

This interactive session will explore new ways to approach the leadership of congregational singing. Participants will reflect on simple gestures (not conducting), postures, verbal cues and phrases that will inspire us to bind Word, Spirit, and worshiper through song.

“Vocal and Choral Techniques”

 Ginger Wyrick in Harrell Center Auditorium

This workshop explores the vocal instrument including breathing, phonation and diction.  In other words, you will learn: how your internal plumbing works; how to sing without getting hoarse, a sore throat or that burning sensation; and how singers pronounce words to blend as a choir.  Experience each element through a series of singing exercises that you can do on your own or with your choir.  This session is recommended for singers, directors, and those who are simply curious!

“Bells for Non-Ringers”

 Diane and Gary Short in Harrell Center 202

You’ve always wanted to try ringing handbells.  Diane and Gary will teach you basic handbell ringing techniques. You don’t have to know how to read music or play an instrument. You’ll be ringing your first song before you leave.

“Crafts”

 Claudia Smith in Terrace Hotel 319 (repeated/continued from 1:30)

Creating a spiritually-based craft that will:  provide meaning to your spiritual journey; can be taken home and replicated for your home church; cost little or no money; and give you something to do other than sing! Come to either or both hours and expect to have fun.

“Broadway Hymns”

 Dean McIntyre in Susan Todd Lounge (continued from 1:30)

Playing and accompanying hymns like George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin from The United Methodist Hymnal! Class assumes a simple knowledge of keys & chords, but all are welcome. Bring a pencil. THIS IS A TWO-HOUR CLASS.

Saturday, October 17, 2014        3:30 pm

“Preachers of the Word: How to Sing with Authority”

 Jackson Henry in Harrell Center Auditorium

Have you ever thought of your role as being a prophetic choir?  Have you seen yourself as having authority from God to proclaim the gospel through music and do it with gusto?  In this workshop we will discuss elements of singing prophetically, including: building trust among the choir and the congregation; establishing and maintaining a strong choral presence; singing posture; drama in singing; andthe path from musical excellence to musical fruitfulness.

“Beginning Ensemble Ringing”

 Diane and Gary Short in Harrell Center 202

You’ve enjoyed ringing in your bell choir.  Now it’s time to explore Ensemble Ringing (ringing in a small group).  We will cover differences between ringing in an ensemble and ringing in a bell choir, different techniques used in ensemble ringing, exercises you can use to improve your techniques, and ensemble music repertoire.

“Directors’ Chat”

Linda Kress in Terrace Hotel Auditorium

Do you feel frustrated at not having other music colleagues with whom to share ideas and discuss concepts?  Do you ever feel you are working all on your own with no support?  Do you feel you are stuck in a rut and simply do not have a clue how to get moving again?  GOOD NEWS!  You are not alone!  This is a workshop for individuals with responsibilities involving choirs in the local church.  It will be a time to share thoughts and ideas about each of our chosen ministries.  Do you have a problem?  With a room full of directors, someone will either have the solution or will be able to share your pain because they are having the same issues.  It is my hope that when this all too brief time is over, you will leave feeling that you have discovered a connection with other musicians and will take with you ideas that will help to inspire you and your choir as you serve together.

“A Feast: Tales Over Easy”

Karen McIntyre in Susan Todd Lounge

This class will focus on stories that feed the soul and nourish the spirit.  We will share stories that help us connect with the earth and each other.  Come with an appetite (yes there will be food) and ready to share your recipes for life's story journey.  There will be “dirty” stories, and stories about blossoming relationships!