Early Bird registration deadline extended to April 15.

Throughout the psalms, we catch glimpses of God’s people in a grand and noble procession—the “old and young together” (Psalm 148:12) from a “thousand generations” (Psalm 105:8) gathered “from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south” (Psalm 107:3). Accompanied by a veritable symphony (Psalm 150), their praise for God’s marvelous creation, for God’s saving acts, and for God’s promised redemption resounds “from the rising of the sun to its going down” (Psalm 113:3). Little wonder, then, that the singer of Psalm 67 is moved twice to exclaim:

“Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you.” (Psalm 67: 3, 5)

Today, that procession of poets, composers, translators, singers, and instrumentalists continues to worship God through a dazzling array of languages, melodies, harmonies, and rhythms. Yet to lead the church’s song—that vast treasury gathered from all times and places—often requires familiarity or expertise with techniques that may be novel or unusual to leaders and their communities alike. Accordingly, this special, four-day Hearts • Hands • Voices event invites participants to strengthen their gifts and learn new skills through practical workshops, discussions, and hands-on learning opportunities that explore topics such as percussion, handbells, keyboard, composition and arranging, working with aging voices, and much more. 

Each day will be framed by morning and evening prayer with the Lutheran Summer Music (LSM) community in Valparaiso University’s Chapel of the Resurrection. Attendees will also have the option to attend pre- and post-conference events offered by the LSM community including a two-day Bach-intensive workshop with Dr. Christopher Cock, the Phyllis and Richard Duesenberg Chair in Lutheran Music at Valparaiso University and director of its Bach Institute

And so, take up your voices and instruments—lyres and harps, djembes and guitars, strings and pipes—and join the young, old, young at heart, and everything that has breath for this time of worship, learning, and fellowship:

“Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you.”