January 8-10, 2014 Music Clinics

The National Conference for Sacred Music is a unique conference designed to provide the practicing Church Musician with fresh new ideas to help create a vital, growing music ministry. The emphasis of this conference is to provide a wide variety of new approaches to revitalize and reinvigorate the Church's passion for music in worship. Sessions will include the following:

  • The latest ideas on how to use social media with your church and choirs
  • Choral technique classes with an emphasis on deepening the spiritual experience for the choir member
  • Reading sessions featuring new publications from Augsburg Fortress, Hinshaw, and MorningStar Music Publishers
  • Sponsorship by three different denominational groups: The Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, The Presbyterian Association of Musicians, and the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts
  • Classes on growing the choir, attracting young adults into the music ministry, strategic planning and educating the congregation about worship
  • Workshops for working with Children.
  • Handbells
  • Opening worship of Anglican Evensong with an All Professional Choir from Trinity - By- The – Cove
  • Morning Worship creatively crafted by John Ferguson and Martin Seltz
  • Opportunity to rehearse and sing for the Festival Concert Friday Evening with Anton Armstrong and John Ferguson

DATE: January 8-10, 2014


MEAL PLAN: $50.00 (Wednesday dinner, Thursday/Friday Lunch)

Lodging Information

Hotel Information for NCSM: There are many hotels in the area, but we have reserved a block of rooms at Hlton Naples; please call the hotel direct and reserve your room. The conference rate is good Monday through Saturday for those who may be planning a few days of vacation on either side of the event. Please reserve rooms early as it is "the season" in Florida and rooms go quickly.

Hilton Naples; 5111 Tamiami Trail North, Naples FL 34103 $199.00 This rate includes complimentary fitness center, beach package which includes transportation to the beach, towels, chairs, bottled water and cooler; complimentary bicycles to explore Naples. Walking distance to Waterside shops, beach and Naples UCC. Call: 1-800-HILTONS and reference the group code: NCSM or National Conference on Sacred Music. Deadline for group rate is December 18.

In addition you can check out other nearby hotels online.

Staybridge Suites Naples Gulf Coast; 4805 Tamiami Trail; Naples Fl/34103. Less than 1 mile from Naples UCC.
Call: 239-643-8002

Courtyard Mariott, Naples; 3250 Tamiami Trail North, Naples FL 34103 Approximately 2 miles to Naples UCC, you will need to provide your own transportation.
Call 239-434-8700

The Inn of Naples 4505 Tamiami Trail North, Naples FL 34103
Local: 239-649-5500 toll free direct: 800-895-8858

Residence Inn, Naples; 4075 Tamiami Trail North, Naples FL 34103; 239-659-1300

Best Western Naples Inn & suites: 2329 Tamiami Trail North, Naples FL 34103, 239/261-1148

Schedule of Activities

2:00pm – 3:00pm   Registration – McSpadden Hall
3:00pm – 3:15pm   Welcome, introduction, and announcements – Sanctuary
3:15pm – 4:15pm   Workshops
  1. Pipe and Wind Connections: Using Wind instruments with organ for Worship – Terri Bowers
  2. Facebook Basics – Marian Dolan – Room 207
  3. Curating Worship: Managing Multiple Services in Multiple styles – Joe Stobaugh
4:30pm – 5:30pm   Introduction to the Anglican Evensong – John Fenstermacher – Sanctuary
5:30pm – 6:45pm   Dinner (part of meal plan)
6:45pm – 7:45pm   Festival concert Rehearsal with John Ferguson (for those who wish to sing Friday Evening)
8:00pm – 9:00pm   Opening Worship – Anglican Evensong – with the choir of Trinity - By- The –Cove.
9:00pm   Social Gathering/exhibits – Courtyard / McSpadden Hall
8:30am – 9:30am   Morning Worship – John Ferguson and Martin Seltz – Sanctuary
9:45am – 10:45am   Workshops
  1. Organ Workshop – John Ferguson
  2. Collaborative Worship Planning - David Vandemeer – Room 104
  3. Visuals for Children's Choirs – Karol Kimmell Rm 104
10:45am – 11:15pm   Break
11:15pm – 12:15pm   Reading Session 1 – MorningStar Music – Sanctuary
12:30pm – 1:30pm   Lunch (part of the meal package) with a Professional Organization (ALCM, FUMMWA, PAM)
1:30pm – 2:30pm   Workshops
  1. Choral Workshop – Anton Armstrong
  2. Facebook Basics – Marian Dolan – Room 207
  3. The Liturgical Year with Children – Karol Kimmell Rm 104
2:45pm – 3:45pm   Reading Session 2 – Augsburg Fortress – Sanctuary
4:00pm – 5:00pm   Workshops
  1. It's All about Rhythm and More! – David Vandemeer – Handbell room
  2. Using art in Worship: Resources and Ideas - Joe Stobaugh
  3. Children's Choirs- The Program and the Planning – Karol Kimmell
5:00pm – 7:00pm   Dinner on Your Own
7:00pm   Rehearsal for Friday Evening Festival Service – Sanctuary
Exhibits – McSpadden Hall
8:30am – 9:30am   Morning Worship, Ferguson & Seltz – Sanctuary
9:30am – 10:30am   Panel discussion with the clinicians – Sanctuary
10:30am – 11:00am   Break. Visit Exhibits
11:00pm – 12:00pm   Reading Session 3 – Hinshaw Music
12:30pm – 2:00pm   Lunch (part of meal plan) Visit exhibits
2:00pm – 3:00pm   Workshops
  1. Collaborative Worship Planning – David Vandemeer
  2. Anton Armstrong
3:15pm – 4:30pm   Rehearsal for Festival Service – Sanctuary
4:30pm – 5:30pm   Visit exhibits, make final purchase
5:30pm – 7:30pm   Free Time, relax at beach
7:30pm   Festival concert

Workshop Descriptions

Collaborative Worship Planning: David VanderMeer
Really? Why do it? Can a pastor and musician plan worship together? This class will give you various models for successful and collaborative worship planning meetings. A variety of worship services will be shared. A bibliography of worship resources will be given to each participant.

It's All about Rhythm and More! David VanderMeer
In this class we will explore various rhythm exercises and techniques that help handbell ringers become better musicians. We will focus on increasing your musicianship and ringing skills through rhythmic accuracy and precision. In addition, using bells within the liturgy of worship will be shared!

Curating Worship: Joe Stobaugh
Managing multiple services in multiple styles is one of the responsibilities on many a musician's plate these days. This session will help you think through the issues of how to manage all of the participants and volunteers needed to make these services meaningful and how to keep everyone on the same page.

Using Art in Worship: Joe Stobaugh
Using art effectively and appropriately can greatly enhance the worship experience. This class will help you discover new resources, techniques, and will give you new ideas that can quickly be put into practice.

Pipes and Wind Connections: Teresa Bowers
This session will survey the repertoire for woodwind instruments and organ with particular focus on the flute/organ duo literature. Discussion will include tips for performance collaborations with wind players and suggestions for working with young and amateur musicians.

Facebook Basics: Marian Dolan
Ready to use FB to grow and nurture your choir's online community? In this workshop you'll learn: the difference between Profile vs Page vs Group, how great content grows a FB Page, how to schedule posts, best image sizes, setting Admin roles, security 101's, and links to FB resources.

Visuals for Choirs: Karol Kimmell
Spark your singers' imaginations with creative visuals. Discover new ways to teach text, melody, form, diction, and musical and choral concepts through the use of colors, shapes, manipulatives, and movement. You'll find practical ideas for rehearsal room set-up, learn effective singing games and warm-ups, and take home ready-to-use ideas to inspire your singers and you!

The Liturgical Year with Children: Karol Kimmell
Experience the Liturgical Year with your children's choirs in rehearsal as well as in worship. Through seasonal chants, symbols, hymns, anthems, prayers, observations, and events you and your singers will meaningfully and intentionally follow the life of Christ and the Church each week.

Children's Choirs – The Planning and Programming: Karol Kimell
Practical advice on starting, running, and maintaining an exciting children's choir program. It's hard work and there is no quick fix, but attention to certain details can get your program on the path to continued success. We will discuss recruitment, communication, organization, budgeting, establishing traditions, making changes and learning from mistakes.

Clinician Descriptions:

Anton Armstrong

Anton Armstrong is the Harry R. and Thora H. Tosdal Professor of Music at St. Olaf College and Conductor of the St. Olaf Choir, a position he assumed in 1990. He came to this position following ten years in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he served on the faculty of Calvin College and conducted the Campus Choir, the Calvin College Alumni Choir and the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus.

A graduate of St. Olaf College, Anton Armstrong earned a Master of Music degree at the University of Illinois and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Michigan State University. He holds membership in several professional societies including the American Choral Directors Association, Choristers Guild, Chorus America, and the International Federation for Choral Music. He also serves as editor of a multicultural choral series for Earthsongs Publications and co-editor of the revised St. Olaf Choral Series for Augsburg Fortress Publishers.

Dr. Armstrong is widely recognized for his work in the area of youth and children's choral music. He served for over twenty years on the summer faculty of the American Boychoir School, Princeton, New Jersey and held the position of Conductor of the St. Cecilia Youth Chorale, a 75 voice treble chorus based in Grand Rapids, from 1981-1990. He is the founding conductor of the Troubadours, 30-voice boys' ensemble of the Northfield Youth Choirs since 1991. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Boychoir School, the Board of Chorus America and the Board of Choristers Guild. In June 1998, he began his tenure as founding conductor of the Oregon Bach Festival Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy.

Anton Armstrong has conducted the St. Olaf Choir in critically acclaimed solo concert performances at the 59th National Conference of the Music Educators National Conference in April 2004, the Sixth World Symposium on Choral Music in August 2002, and at the 1999 National Convention of the American Choral Directors Association in Chicago, Illinois. In February 2005, The St. Olaf Choir shared the stage with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in presenting the finale concert for the national conference of the American Choral Directors Association at the new Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, California.

John Ferguson

John Ferguson earned a B.M. from Oberlin, an M.M. from Kent State University, and a D.M.A. from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Russell Saunders. Recently retired from St Olaf College where his responsibilities included directing the church music-organ program, teaching organ and conducting the St. Olaf Cantorei.  Ferguson came to St. Olaf in 1983 from Minneapolis where he served Central Lutheran Church as Music Director and Organist, an appointment accepted in 1978 after a 15-year tenure on the music faculty at Kent State University.  While at Kent State he also served as Organist-Choirmaster of the United Church of Christ, Kent, Ohio during which time he served as music editor for the United Church of Christ Hymnal, 1974.  He has spent summers as visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame and was invited to spend sabbatical leave time as visiting professor at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music.

He is respected as a fine teacher and performer, and his skill as improviser and leader of congregational song has received national acclaim.  Each year he prepares and leads many festivals across the country both for local congregations and professional gatherings.  A Ferguson hymn festival is much more than an inspiring organ recital, according to Emily Brink, Past President of the Hymn Society, "He involves everyone present in a glorious community of sound.  Everyone gets to perform."

Dr. Ferguson is the author of numerous books and articles on church music and organ building.  His choral and organ music is published by Augsburg, Concordia, Galaxy, G.I.A., Hope, Kjos, Morning Star, Selah and Stainer and Bell.

Teresa Rhoderick Bowers

Teresa Rhoderick Bowers is Assistant Professor and Coordinator for Recruitment and Outreach at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music, Gettysburg College where she teaches flute, performs in the resident faculty Woodwind Quintet, coaches chamber music and serves as chair of the woodwind area. She served as Associate Director for Worship and Music Education for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America where her responsibilities included developing educational opportunities and resources for parish musicians, pastors and lay persons throughout the country. She served on the faculty of Lebanon Valley College where she taught flute, flute pedagogy, conducted the Flute Ensemble and was Co-Director of the Church Music Institute.

Dr. Bowers is the editor of the newly released collection, Pipings: New Music for Flute and Organ published by Augsburg Fortress; the volume contains new works that she commissioned as well as existing music for flute and organ never before published. She collaborated with Bruce Neswick in a recently released recording of Pipings.

Joe Stobaugh

Joe Stobaugh is currently serving as the Executive Minister of Worship and Arts at Grace Avenue United Methodist Church in Frisco, TX. Rev. Stobaugh facilitates the creation of the six weekend worship events at Grace Avenue (whose styles ranges from 'traditional', to Taizé, to 'contemporary' and 'emergent') and serves as one of the preachers on the preaching team at Grace Avenue. Rev. Stobaugh is an ordained deacon in the North Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church. Joe holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Texas (where he studied music education and saxophone) and a Master of Sacred Music degree (Magna cum Laude) from the Perkins School of Theology and the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University (with a concentration in choral conducting). Rev. Stobaugh is a Brother in The Order of Saint Luke. Joe is currently serving at the President of The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts. Joe's ministry related passions include the development of congregational song and congregational participation in worship, multi-sensory worship, social justice and peace ministries, bridging the world and the church, the intersection of culture and worship.

Karol Kimmell

Karol Kimmell has served as the Director of Youth & Children's Music at All Saints' Episcopal Church in Atlanta, GA for 15 years, directing and developing singing and ringing choirs for PreK - 12th grade.  Karol co-directs Lutheridge Music Week in Arden, NC, plans the week's innovative worship, and serves as the choral clinician for PreK-2nd grade. She also co-directs and teaches at the summer Choristers Guild Institute, a three-year certification program for children's church choir directors.   Karol worked for 15 years as an organist, choir director, and pre-school music teacher in NC, SC, and GA.  Her articles, anthem studies, and hymn arrangements appear in The Chorister and Augsburg Fortress' Sundays and Seasons.  Karol attended Wittenberg University and Lenoir-Rhyne University, receiving her BME (organ) from Lenoir-Rhyne.   She is certified in Orff Schulwerk, Kindermusik, Musikgarten, studied voice at the Mannes School of Music and sang with the Riverside Church Choir in NYC. Karol directed the Elementary Choruses at Atlanta's Paideia School and the North Carolina 2009 Sixth Grade All State Chorus. She also presented workshops and reading sessions for Georgia ACDA, Choristers Guild, Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, and Augsburg Fortress. She served on the faculty of Young Lutherans Sing (2005 - 2010), a summer choral experience led by Michael Burkhardt, and has been a clinician at Massanetta Springs, Bonclarken, and Mabel Boyter Choir Camp.

David VanderMeer

David VanderMeer has been the Director of Music and Fine Arts Ministries at the downtown historic Central Presbyterian Church since August of 2001. David conducts three handbell choirs, (Youth, Beginning Adult, and an Advanced Adult) and the Chancel Choir. David oversees the graded choir program and supervises a music staff of four other musicians. David participates in weekly worship planning, plans the monthly Prayer Services in the manner of the Taizé Community (weekly during Advent and Lent) and oversees the Liturgical Arts Guild for the church, and is curator for the Tull Hall Art Gallery.

David is a graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. David has taught numerous choral and handbell classes for denominational Worship and Music Conferences, has been Conference Director and Co-Director of the Mo-Ranch Worship and Music Conference and Conference Director of PAM (Presbyterian Association of Musicians) 2000 Albuquerque Worship and Music Conference and has been on the faculty of the PAM Montreat and Westminster Worship and Music Conferences. In 2008, David was the Conference Director for the PAM Montreat Worship and Music Conference in Montreat, NC.

Marian Dolan

Marian Dolan, DMA is Artistic Director of The Choir Project (Naples, FL), an organization seeking to "build community chorally." She taught at Emory Univ., Haverford College, Univ. of Wisconsin, and Westminster Choir College's Summer School. She has conducted and/or presented on international choral music in the USA, Estonia, Finland, Germany, the Philippines, South Africa, Canada and Sweden. A review panelist for the NEA, she led the Artistic Committee of IFCM's "Voices" of South Africa" and "Voices of the Baltics" conferences, and organized the reading sessions for the 2003 IFCM World Choral Symposium. She received Yale University's first choral doctorate granted to a woman.
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