Summer 2010 Music Clinics

Join us at one of our Augsburg Fortress Winter 2013 Worship & Music Clinics.

These free events have been developed for the continuing education of today's church musician. Held in a variety of locations across the nation, these events provide opportunities for church musicians to network, learn and be inspired.

Each clinic features a variety of choral, organ, and piano reading sessions to help plan for the coming season (check out the music planning calendar). Our expert clinicians offer valuable insights and ideas to help participants explore ways to revitalize and refresh worship in their local settings.

Register here to be eligible for one of our prize drawings. Watch this site for frequent updates and fan us on Facebook .

All attendees will enjoy a 15% discount on all featured Augsburg Fortress music and 10% discount on all featured non-Augsburg Fortress Music ordered or purchased during the event. .


Winter 2013 Locations

Select your location to register

Philadelphia PA January 5
Seattle WA January 5
St Paul MN January 5
Columbus OH January 12
Columbia, SC January 19

Schedule for PA, MN, SC, OH, WA

8:30am - 9:00am   Registration, Browse the Music Store
9:00am - 10:00am   New Keyboard Repertoire for Lent Easter Spring
10:00am - 11:00am   Workshop (see listing below for your location)**
11:15am - 12 noon   Choral session I (all voicings)*
12:00pm - 1:00pm   Lunch on your own
1:00pm - 2:00pm   Choral session II (all voicings)*


*Music packets for these sessions cost $1 each and include complete copies of all the music for you to keep - a great deal!

**Philadelphia: Three P’s to getting ready for Sunday Morning, Columbia: Beyond the Printed Page - A Repertoire of Ideas for Engaging Congregational Hymn Singing - from the organist’s perspective, St. Paul: The Best of Both Worlds - working together rather than apart, Columbus: Working with choirs with limited resources, Seattle: Choral Warmups and Vocal Technique for Choirs

Clinician Descriptions

Dr. Ron Davis is Associate Professor of Music at Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC where he directs studies in music theory, sacred music and organ. Additionally, he conducts Cantare!, PC’s men’s choir.  As an organist, Dr. Davis holds a position at First Baptist Church of Greenwood, SC.  He has been heard as an organ recitalist in many venues throughout the US, especially the south and southwest, as well as Canada and England where he has been heard in performance at Westminster Cathedral, Southwark Cathedral, and Westminster Abbey among others.  He has gained a reputation of constructing and performing engaging and spiritually moving hymn festivals and enjoys the work of creative hymn playing for worship services. Dr. Ron Davis is currently serving as South Carolina State Chair for the Handbell Musicians of America (American Guild of English Handbell Ringers).  He has been directing handbell choirs for well over 20 years and has been a handbell workshop clinician in Texas, Oklahoma, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.  In 2009 and 2011 he led clinics during Handbell Week at Lutheridge Assembly near Asheville.

Michael J Glasgow holds B.A. degrees in music theory/composition, and in journalism; as well as a Master of Church Music degree, with both choral and handbell emphases.  In addition to many professional affiliations and his full-time position at North Raleigh UMC (Raleigh, NC), Michael serves as Bass Section Leader for the North Carolina Master Chorale, the Choral Conductor for the Tar River Orchestra & Chorus, and the Music Director of the Oakwood Waits.  An award-winning composer, he keeps busy with commissions and projects which strive to creatively advance the art of choral and handbell music.  He is a dynamic, energizing musician who is sought after for conducting engagements throughout the country.

Michael is an active member of ACDA, Handbell Musicians of America, ASCAP and American Composers Forum, Mensa and other professional organizations.  Additional information and samples of Michael’s work may be found at

Stephen Rapp maintains an active schedule as a performer, church musician and teacher. He has toured much of Europe, Japan and India as a soloist and collaborator at the organ, harpsichord and piano with a repertoire spanning the Renaissance to premiers of new scores. In the New York City area Stephen performs regularly with Ensemble Breve, the Connecticut Early Music Festival Orchestra, Yale Camerata and Orchestra New England. He has also appeared with the New Haven and Waterbury (Connecticut) Symphony Orchestras, the Westchester (New York) Chamber Symphony and Meridionalis, a professional choir specializing in early music from the Americas. Stephen has been soloist and continuo player for ARTEK (Art of Early Keyboard) and the American Classical Orchestra. In 2012 he was invited to appear as harpsichord and organ soloist at the Ninth Renaissance and Baroque Festival in the state of Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

Director of Music at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Stamford, Connecticut for over twenty years, Stephen Rapp is also Assistant Organist at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City where he plays weekdays and Saturdays for a Mass broadcast on Sirius XM radio. He also maintains a studio of organ and harpsichord students.

Recordings include New Bach, a solo organ recording on the Raven label, and A German Baroque Christmas as solo organist and continuo player with the American Classical Orchestra for Musical Heritage Society.

John Sall serves Abington Presbyterian Church as Director of Music Ministries, leading youth and adult choirs and the Abington Symphony Orchestra and overseeing congregational music and Music at Abington.  John has developed creative programs combining the varied resources of the Abington Symphony Orchestra and Oratorio Choir in literature ranging from baroque cantatas to standards of the orchestral and oratorio repertoire and new works.  John’s early musical interest was fostered through the musical influence of Bethel Lutheran Church, school, and private music study in Holdrege, Nebraska, and through the Lutheran Summer Music program.  At St. Olaf College John Sall performed in the St. Olaf Choir, Band, and Orchestra in addition to his major in Church Music and Organ, graduating with high honors.  John studied choral conducting with Alan Harler, completing a Master of Music at Temple University.  He was honored with the Elaine Brown Tribute Award for “relating music to broader issues of community-building and human expression.”  John Sall is now a Visiting Choral Scholar on the Temple Faculty leading the Temple Women’s Choir. John enjoys composing and orchestrating for his ensembles and has published percussion performance suggestions for several African hymns and choral anthems, and he helped develop and lead an experiential day camp to teach liturgy and worship to children.  He makes a home with his wife Ruth and their three daughters in Abington, PA. 

Norma Aamodt-Nelson currently serves as Minister of Music at Trinity ELCA in Lynnwood, Washington where she administers a multi-faceted lay-led choral and instrumental program and is primary organist/choirmaster. In addition Dr. Aamodt-Nelson is Affiliate Professor of Worship and Music at Trinity Lutheran College in Everett, and is a freelance acquisitions editor.  She is active as a clinician, workshop leader, and consultant. For a number of years she served on the editorial staff for Augsburg Fortress Publishers where she developed the keyboard/instrumental catalog. She has taught for Gustavus Adolphus College (St Peter MN), Elmhurst College (Chicago area) and has served parishes in Minneapolis, Cedar Rapids (IA) and the Chicago area.

Beth Ann Bonnecroy is in demand as a conductor, singer and teacher of voice. Her foundation as a singer and extensive experience as a voice teacher shape Beth Ann’s priorities as a conductor. Healthy singing and development of singers’ personal vocal technique are emphasized in the choirs she conducts and contribute to the free, beautiful sound her choirs achieve.

Beth Ann joined the artistic staff of the Northwest Girlchoir in 2000. She conducts Vivace, a choir of 30 middle school level singers, modeling the highest standards of artistry and healthy singing in the developing voice. In 2006, Beth Ann and colleague, Rebecca Rottsolk, founded Mirinesse Women’s Choir. Mirinesse received the high honor of performing at the American Choral Directors Association national conference in 2009 and regional conference in 2011.

A life-long church musician, Beth Ann has conducted church choirs and handbell choirs of all ages. She is currently a member of the music staff of Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church in Seattle where she conducts the Chancel Choir and Handbell Choirs.

Also an accomplished soprano, Beth Ann is a frequent recitalist in the Seattle area. Students, aged 14 to adult, fill Beth Ann's active voice studio. Beth Ann holds a Bachelor of Music degree in church music/voice from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN and a Master of Music degree in voice performance from Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ.

Carol Carver is the founding Artistic Director of the Valley Chamber Chorale and Director of Worship Ministries at Trinity Lutheran Church both located in Stillwater, MN. In addition she serves as a free-lance acquisitions editor in choral music for Augsburg Fortress Publishers. Her education includes studies at Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, the Frankfurt University of Music and the Performing Arts, Frankfurt, Germany, the University of Minnesota and extensive classes at Westminister Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey.

Her passions include creating innovative choral concerts and progressive traditional worship.

Timothy Guenther Dr. Timothy Guenther has served as University Organist and Adjunct Instructor in Music at Ashland since 1996. He teaches applied organ and harpsichord, as well as courses in fundamentals of basic musicianship, and serves as accompanist as needed for the University Choir, Chamber Singers, and Ashland Area Chorus. He holds degrees in organ performance from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester (B.M. with distinction; also post graduate coursework), the University of Alabama (M.M.), and The American Conservatory of Music (D.M.A). He frequently performs as keyboardist for both the Ashland Symphony Orchestra and the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra. Rostered as an Associate in Ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, he currently serves as Organist and Director of Music Ministry at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Columbus. He is active professionally in the American Guild of Organists (holding certificates of Associate and Choir Master), the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, the Hymn Society, the Organ Historical Society, the Reed Organ Society, the American Theatre Organ Society, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He also performs regularly on the Mighty Wurlitzer theatre organ at the Renaissance Theatre in Mansfield.

Linda Kempke is cantor at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Brooklyn, OH and holds degrees from the Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory and from Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, OH.  Linda has led workshops for various professional organizations on psalms, liturgy, global music and music for choirs with limited resources. She is currently Region 1 president of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians.






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