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SUMMER 2014 MUSIC CLINICS
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Clinicians for all Clinic locations:
Robert Hobby and Jeremy Bankson

Monday/Tuesday July 21-22
Minneapolis MN Area

Roseville Lutheran Church, 1215 Roselawn Ave W. Roseville MN 55113

Wednesday/Thursday July 23-24
Chicago IL Area

Saint Luke Lutheran Church; 205 N Prospect Ave; Park Ridge IL 60068

Friday / Saturday August 1-2
Seattle WA Area
Trinity Lutheran Church, 6215 196th St Sw; Lynnwood WA 98036

Monday/Tuesday August 4-5
Columbus OH Area

Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 35 E Stanton Ave; Columbus OH 43214

Thursday/Friday August 7-8
Philadelphia PA Area

St Paul's Lutheran Church; 415 E Athens Ave; Ardmore PA 19003

Our Charlotte, NC Clinic has a special opportunity to join with the ALCM Region II Conference on June 30, July 1, 2; featuring Robert Hobby, Jeremy Bankson and the faculty of ALCM. You must register for this event through the ALCM webpage. You may see the full schedule and other presenters at the ALCM webpage.



Schedule for all five Music Clinics:

Day One  
8:30–9:00am Registration, Browse the Music Store
9:00–11:00am Handbells—Jeremy Bankson
11:15–12:15pm Children's Music—Robert Hobby
12:15–1:30pm Lunch on your own
1:30–3:00 pm Organ Repertoire—Hobby & Bankson
3:00–3:15pm Break
3:15–4:30pm Preparing for a Festival Worship Service
4:45–5:30pm I have Prelude Music Planner, now what?
5:30–7:00pm Dinner on your own
7:00pm Hymn Festival with Robert Hobby and Jeremy Bankson
   
Day Two  
8:30–9:00am Registration
9:00–10:00am Workshops

A. Using the Hymnal as a Resource for
Creative Service Playing

This will be a hands/feet-on interactive time to explore how the printed page can be adapted to serve as a source for basic creative hymn playing and basic improvisation. Time will be spent on how to create introductions, how to creatively interpret texts and the very beginning of some free-form improvisation. This will be an opportunity to BEGIN and TRY ideas that start from the printed page. Additional time will be spent discussing how to make these techniques part of your regular practice routine. If you can play a single melody line and a G Major scale...you have all the requirements needed!

B. Composing Basics for the
Parish Musician—Hobby

Whether blessed with a promising young instrumentalist, saddled with a tight budget, or just intrigued with a keen curiosity to create, church musicians can easily find themselves in a position of needing to compose "functional" music for worship services. Since most have little formal training in composition (and even less time to get some), this session will be an informal, interactive exercise to explore and try out some basic ideas and tricks to make the compositional process a little easier (and hopefully even more gratifying) on the next occasion.

10:10–10:30am Break
10:30–12:00pm Choral Session I—Hobby & Bankson
12:00–1:30pm Lunch on your own
1:30–3:00pm Choral II—Hobby & Bankson


Summer Music Clinicians: Jeremy Bankson
and Robert Hobby


Jeremy Bankson
Jeremy Bankson is the Associate Minister of Music at First-Plymouth Church in Lincoln, Nebraska where he leads the Plymouth Ringers, First-Plymouth Chorale, Youth Orchestra, and the church's resident ensemble, the Plymouth Brass—an ensemble of 10 professional musicians who participate monthly in the worship services as well as concerts and other special events. He also collaboratively directs the Plymouth Choir and Abendmusik Chorus and shares in the responsibilities of playing the 110 rank Shoenstein organ for various services and concerts. Jeremy is also the Executive Director of the Abendmusik Concert Series.

Jeremy received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1997, and did post graduate studies in choral conducting from 2007-2010. He served churches in Beatrice, Nebraska and Fort Wayne, Indiana before moving back to serve at First-Plymouth in 2007. Active as a composer/arranger, he has led workshops, clinics and hymn festivals for the Fellowship of American Baptist Musicians, the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, the American Guild of Organists, Leadership Program for Musicians, Augsburg Fortress, and various other churches and institutions around the country. His compositions can be found in the catalogs of MorningStar Music Publishers, Augsburg Fortress Press, and Concordia Publishing House and have been heard on the nationally syndicated radio programs The Lutheran Hour, With Heart and Voice, and Sing for Joy. Many of Jeremy's arrangements for choir, congregation, brass, and handbells can be heard on the Pro Organo recording Hymns from First-Plymouth.



Robert Hobby
Robert A. Hobby is Director of Music at Trinity English Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his responsibilities include playing for many of the worship services, overseeing the graded choral program, and managing the concerts that the church offers. Among the numerous activities during his tenure, Trinity Church has established a choral series with seventeen composers commissioned thus far, hosted a regional convention of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, produced four recordings, and expanded the opportunities for music ministry.

Mr. Hobby received his Bachelor's Degree in Church Music from Wittenberg University in 1985 and a Master's Degree in Organ Performance from the University of Notre Dame in 1987. His organ teachers have included Darwin Leitz, Kirby and Kristi Koriath, Donald Busarow, and Craig Cramer. His private study in composition has been under Donald Busarow and Richard Hillert. He has had private coaching in improvisation with Paul Manz and compositional coaching from English composer, Andrew Carter.

To date, most of his composition time has been spent writing commissions for churches and organizations throughout the country. Over one hundred and fifty of Mr. Hobby's compositions are in print with Augsburg Fortress Publishing House, Choristers Guild, Concordia Publishing House, G. I. A. Publishers, MorningStar Music Publishers, Northwestern Publishers, Pavane Publishing Co., and Warner Brothers Publishers. His music has been heard on nationally syndicated radio programs such as The Lutheran Hour, Pipe Dreams, and Sing for Joy. A representation of his writing for organ, choral, and instrumental forces can be found on "Thine Is the Glory," a recording produced by MorningStar Publishers. In 2006, Mr. Hobby premiered a major work of his entitled The Good Shepherd which is scored for tenor solo, adult and children's choirs, and orchestra, and a choral/instrumental Christmas work entitled Holy Light, published in 2010, received high acclaim during the holiday season; both are published with MorningStar Music Publishers. His music is currently present in four hymnals.

As a performer and clinician, Mr. Hobby keeps an active schedule throughout the United States. He has played for the national conventions of the Hymn Society of the United States and Canada, Organ Historical Society, and National Pastoral Musicians; and he has played for both national and regional conventions of the Association of the Lutheran Church Musicians and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He has been a featured artist with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, performing Poulenc's Organ Concerto and Haydn's Organ Concerto #2 in C, and in 2005 he conducted the premiereperformance of Andrew Carter's Concerto in C for organ and orchestra, with DavidHiggs at the organ. In addition, his workshops for both regional conventions and individual chapter meetings of the American Guild of Organists and other similar organizations have gathered wide acclaim.

Mr. Hobby is a member of a number of professional music organizations and has held a variety of leadership positions. For several years he chaired "Young Lutherans Sing," a national summer choral program for children, sponsored by the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians. In 1996, he designed and coordinated a hymn festival that was performed simultaneously at one hundred sites around the United States and Canada to commemorate the tenth anniversary of ALCM. He has also served as Dean of the Fort Wayne American Guild of Organists and as a member of the Program Committee for the Fort Wayne Philharmonic.

Robert and his wife, Jennifer, are the proud parents of three daughters: Hannah, Lydia, and Elizabeth.



Summer 2014 Locations
FEATURING Robert Hobby
and Jeremy Bankson
Minneapolis MN Area July 21–22
Chicago IL Area July 23–24
Seattle WA Area August 1–2
Columbus OH Area August 4–5
Philadelphia PA Area August 7–8



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