Workshops

Workshop presenters and titles are listed below. To see workshop descriptions, click on the plus sign to the right of the title. 

Augsburg Fortress Staff – Prelude/Sundays and Seasons for Beginners

What’s my login? Prelude/Sundays and Seasons for Beginners
Augsburg Fortress staff
PreludeMusicPlanner.com and SundaysandSeasons.com are two websites that many churches turn to for worship planning and preparation each week. In this introductory workshop, Augsburg Fortress staff will demonstrate the basics of using these platforms for worship planning, bulletin preparation, anthem selection, and more. This session is aimed at those who are new to the programs and those who want a refresher course. Bring your questions!

Augsburg Fortress Staff - Supporting the Church’s Song: Prelude/Sundays and Seasons for More Advanced Users

Once you know the basics of Prelude and Sundays and Seasons, these dynamic web-based programs open up a lot of possibilities to church musicians and pastors searching for choir anthems, keyboard music, and congregational songs. Learn how to find music for sermon series or services that depart from the lectionary, how to upload your own church personal library, and other ways these sites help musicians on a daily basis. This session is aimed at those who are comfortable with the basic operation of the sites and want to learn more. Bring your questions!

Andrea Baxter – Celebrating Grace: Putting Fun in the Fundamentals of Children’s Choirs

Explore the use of techniques and tools that will help to make your children’s choir rehearsals engaging, all while you work to build music literacy. Included are FUN ways to get these concepts across using material from Growing in Grace, so that children learn and grow without even knowing it!

Eduardo Charbonnier – Music Expressions in Today’s Lutheran Worship: Exploring old and new ways of worshipping Christ in our local church thru music and the arts.

I will be sharing the reasons why we do what we do at St. Matthew Lutheran in Beaverton. What works, what we “thought” that worked (but didn’t) and how to tell the difference. I will briefly share the ways I plan for our 3 different worship services (while keeping my sanity), and my passion for detail, stories, and fabric…yes…fabric. I’m always looking for new ways to enhance the way we worship, so be ready to share what works in your church!

Matthew Compton – Using Handbells Liturgically

Bells have been a part of the church for many years both to call the start of a worship service or to add to the musical experience within worship. Handbells, while a relatively young instrument, have become a staple in worship services. Join us, as we look at many different resources for any type of worship – from 1 to 30 ringers; traditional hymns to contemporary songs; 1 to 7 octaves of handbells and handchimes; and many compositions and arrangements that follow the lectionary and add to the overall worship experience.

Karen Foote – Children in Worship

The children in our worship services are fellow members of the body of believers. They bring gifts and offerings to the assembly and are often quite willing to share. How can we encourage participation, faith development and knowledge in any style of worship for our youngest believers? What are the unique ways in which they can contribute to the faith community? Come explore new ideas and resources as well as tried and true plans for involving our children as we plan and lead worship.

Paul Grime – Is the Liturgy Really the “Work of the People”?

For years we’ve heard the term “liturgy” described as the “work of the people.” But is that the most accurate definition? In this workshop we will look to the Lutheran Confessions to see what the Reformers thought about matters of worship.

Paul Grime - Worship Resources and the LCMS

Lutheran Service Book is almost 13 years old. Hard to believe, isn’t it? Join us for this workshop to learn about resources that will help you make a fuller use of the book.

Julie Grindle – Encouraging Musicians in Church to Become Church Musicians

As the number of trained full-time church musicians declines, many churches are looking for part-time assistance from instrumentalists and singers to lead assembly song. These musicians are often talented people from within the congregation, but inexperienced in the leadership of congregational song. This workshop seeks to bring pastors and musicians together in a discussion of the most helpful ways to encourage musicians to gain the skills and knowledge they need to provide good musical and pastoral leadership and to work together effectively as a team.

Zeb Highben – Singing the Psalms

Description coming soon!

Mark Lawson (MorningStar Music Publishers) – Copyright Issues and the Church Musician

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Tom Mueller – Leading the Church’s Song from the Organ

Organists face a variety of challenges in preparing and leading congregational song from the organ. This workshop will address issues in hymn interpretation, preparation, and congregational leadership, along with tips for incorporating basic concepts in improvisation, composition, and arranging into your hymn playing. Participants of all skill levels and musical backgrounds are welcome to attend!

Ralph Nelson – The Mature/Aging Voice

Most church choir directors are both blessed and challenged with valuable choir members who are simply getting older every year. Since these choir members are often our most loyal members, we’d like to keep these singers involved in the choir for as long as we can. However, the problems of the aging voice often present real challenges for choir directors.  In this session, Ralph Nelson, Director of the Holladay Park Plaza Singers (a local senior center in Portland with a choir of 40 voices – ages 75 to 105) will look at tips and techniques for working with the aging voice.  Ralph will examine what happens to the voice as we age, and in particular, he’ll give suggestions and techniques for keeping aging voices healthy, and also for keeping a good sound in our choirs as the voices age. Specifically, he’ll discuss tips and techniques for dealing with warm-ups, repertoire selection, hearing loss issues, memory loss issues, and important aspects of communicating with an aging population.

Don Nevile – Post-Modernism for Church Musicians

Modernism, post-modernism, structuralism, post-modern musicology, regionalism, trans-avant-garde, post-colonialism, deconstruction, music as cultural trope, de-territorialization, cultural autonomy, musical narratology! What is the everyday, practical church musician to make of all these new and confusing terms in the artistic vocabulary? Does any of it even matter on Wednesday or Thursday night, or on Sunday morning? This presentation will try to make sense of the intellectual, social, and artistic movement called Post-Modernism in our musical context. There will be an opportunity for discussion, and time to work through a personal assessment, to discern “How Post-Modern Am I?”

Frederick Niedner - Singing the Gospel: Lectionary/Hymn of the Day

Most of our Eucharistic liturgies link the hymn of the day with the gospel lesson and sermon by placing it immediately before or after the proclamation. Does the hymn of the day have a single purpose, or several? How does the hymn of the day relate to the lessons and sermon, and are there kinds of connections we have not considered? Does it matter if the hymn comes before or after the sermon? Who (singular or plural) should choose the hymn of the day? Is it ever wise or appropriate to skip it, change it, or make its place in the liturgy somewhat unpredictable? In addition to addressing these questions, this session will include some sample studies of texts and proclamation paired with hymns of the day.

Anne Krentz Organ - Leading the Church’s Song from the Piano

What are the “central things” to consider when leading the church’s song from the piano? How can we as musical leaders help the assembly to sing with simplicity and beauty? This workshop will focus on doing the common things – hymn/song introductions, transitioning between stanzas, leading with clarity and confidence – uncommonly well. A variety of accompaniment styles will be explored.

Paul Soulek – Using Instruments in Worship

This workshop will focus on creative ways to engage instrumentalists young and old in musical leadership of the congregation’s song. We’ll explore arranging techniques, discuss best practices for working with beginners, and consider how Sister Act’s encouragement to “get out in the community and meet the people” is great advice for church musicians.

Samuel Torvend – Singing More than Bread and Wine

Description coming soon!

John Weit – Liturgical Planning in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)

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