Ideas for Intergenerational Music Ministry: (Amy Martin) We will explore the significance of intergenerational ministries and the benefit to our churches and congregations, and discuss ideas for music ministry that bring together people of all ages to work and grow with one another in faith and music, such as an all-church musical, ukelele choir, sign language choir and more.
Proud to be Methodist: (Amy Martin) Lesser known stories from our Methodist heritage will be shared, highlighting historical figures and events of which we can all be very proud. We will visit the World Methodist Museum on the Lake Junaluska grounds to see important artifacts and portraits related to the featured stories.
Optional Sectional Rehearsals: (Gary Smith, tenor & bass; Ginger Wyrick, soprano & alto) Good old fashioned note-pounding for anyone who wants more than the sectional rehearsals provided. All requested anthems will be covered. Previous workshop participants have requested this to feel more secure singing their parts.
Choral and Vocal Techniques: (Ginger Wyrick) This workshop explores the vocal instrument an includes breathing, phonation and diction. Learn how your internal plumbing works, how to sing with freedom, and how singers pronounce words to blend as a choir. Experience each element through a series of vocal 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!
From Practice to Performance: (Gary & Diane Short) You practice until the music is ready, but in performance it falls apart. This workshop will be a discussion of ways to improve a choir’s ringing during a performance. Included will be ideas for rehearsal techniques to improve the musical aspect of a piece, ways to increase ringers’ confidence levels for a performance, and ideas to help directors.
Ringing the Extreme Bells: (Gary & Diane Short) A hands on workshop on proper ringing of the extreme bells (lower bass and upper treble). We will cover how to handle the large bells (below C4), ringer assignments, how to ring, and proper musical techniques. For the upper treble bells we will explore 4-in-hand and shelley ringing techniques as well as musical techniques for each.
Crafting: (Claudia Smith) The craft room will be open Saturday afternoon. Crafters are welcome to come and go as they wish. Join us for fellowship around the table as we create with a variety of materials.There will be several projects to entice your creative soul!
Waving Your Arms in Public: (Gary Smith) If you would like to hone your conducting skills, come learn beat patterns, right hand/left hand skills, and rehearsal planning tips.