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Music Comes to The Mountains with Choir Music Weekend


Western North Carolina’s mountains will ring loud and clear with the sound of music this fall when church choirs from across the Southeast gather at Lake Junaluska for its Choir Music Weekend, Oct. 17-19. Set during the peak of leaf-looking season, this year’s Choir Music Weekend offers participants a sacred place and time to experience God’s gracious gifts of nature and music, including a Lake Junaluska Singers concert.

Participants from small and medium-sized church choirs will experience a worship-filled weekend full of workshops and opportunities to learn and perform eight anthems they may perform at their home churches. Registration includes a copy of each anthem.

Leadership of Choir Music Weekend includes:

  • Gary Alan Smith, retired senior editor of Music Resources at Abindgon Press, who has worked on “The United Methodist Hymnal,” “Worship & Song,” and “The Faith We Sing” projects. He has served churches in music ministries for more than 35 years.
  • Ginger Wyrick of Charlotte, author, conductor, clinician, lecturer, teacher, and performer, who wrote “Singing Between the Lines.” When not working in a local church setting, Ginger is a free-lance editor and writer.
  • Rev. Jackson Henry, minister of Music and Worship at St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Murfreesboro, Tenn. He has served on the editorial board for Worship & Song.
  • Rev. Linda Kress, minister of Music and Worship at Pleasant Grove UMC in the North Georgia Conference and teacher of middle choral arts. She is an author, sought after pianist, retreat leader, and an ordained Deacon.
  • Dean McIntyre, director of Music Resources in the Center for Worship Resourcing at the General Board of Discipleship. He has played an integral part in the development for worship resources for the United Methodist Church over the last decade.
  • Claudia Smith, a choir member, bell ringer, and children's choir director for the local church and workshop leader for Music and Liturgical Arts Week. She is a teacher with Nashville Metro Schools.
  • Karen McIntyre, librarian at Westmeade Elementary School in Nashville, who has led storytelling workshops across the country, emphasizing how to fit the meaning of your story into God's story.
  • Gary and Diane Short, leaders of the handbell choirs at Yorkminster Presbyterian Church in Yorktown, Va., who have been clinicians at Music & Liturgical Arts Week. They have been involved with handbells for more than 25 years.

A program fee of $65 includes anthem packet, worship, and workshops. Lake Junaluska Singer’s Concert tickets, $10 each, for Saturday evening are optional. Lodging package rates are $272 for single occupancy, $180 for double occupancy, $142 for triple occupancy and $126 for quad occupancy and include two nights lodging at Terrace or Lambuth inns and dinner on Friday through lunch on Sunday. Family members not attending programming are required to pay for lodging and food.

To register or for more information on lodging, Lake Junaluska and the 2014 Choir Music Week, please call 800-222-4930, email or visit

For more information about programming, contact Tammy McDowell, assistant director Program Ministries at or 828-454-6681.

* Melanie Threlkeld McConnell is a freelance writer, former AP newswoman, editor and media consultant based in Waynesville, NC.


Stephanie Drum
Lake Junaluska