Workshops will be offered at four different times during the conference:

Workshop I (Monday, 11:00-11:45 a.m.)
Workshop II (Tuesday, 9:00-9:45 a.m.)
Workshop III (Wednesday, 1:15-2:00 p.m.)
Workshop IV (Wednesday, 4:00-4:45 p.m.)

Workshop titles are listed below in alphabetical order. In addition to workshops, four 90-minute in-depth learning sessions will provide opportunities for more concentrated study.

Alternate Percussion in WorshipDavid Eyler

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Beyond Children’s ChoirRuth Sall

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Cantatas in ContextMichael D. Costello

The cantatas of J. S. Bach are an incredible witness to the Christian faith and a valuable contribution to the proclamation of the Word. Yet, with limited time and financial resources these tremendous works are often left behind. During this workshop we will consider how Bach’s sacred cantatas can be used in Christian worship in the 21st century. We will explore methods for finding, rehearsing, and performing selections from cantatas (or even entire cantatas) in worship.

Color at the OrganJulie Grindle

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To Infinity and Beyond: Soaring Through RetirementTodd Carrico

This presentation seeks to identify the unique challenges many church musicians face in retirement. Suggestions, resources and strategies for creating and maintaining a passionate, productive, and uplifting life will be offered. These years can present deep issues relating to worthiness, mental health, leadership and purpose. As we journey through this chapter of our lives, we seek to end each day in a place of gratitude and fulfillment.

Laboratory of Worship LSM Faculty

Get a behind the veil look at the inner workings of worship planning during LSM.

Leading Paperless Music in Worship Ana Hernández

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The Role of the Choir: Then, Now, and FutureAlexa Doebele

The role of the choir during Lutheran worship has continued to evolve over time. This session will examine what role the choir served at the beginning of the Reformation, the evolution of that role to where we are now, and avenues in which the choir might serve the Church in the future.


Seen and Unseen: The Visual Arts in Worship Linda Witte Henke and Sara Nordling

The presentation will explore some of the diverse ways that visual artists can partner with pastors and musicians to enhance proclamation of the Word and enrich the assembly’s worship.  The presentation will be complemented by rich images and will include opportunities for participants to pose questions and share experiences about the incorporation of visual art in their own worship settings.

This Far by Faith at 25Barry Bobb and John Nunes

The publication of This Far by Faith in 1999 was a historic moment—the first African American Lutheran liturgical and hymnal resource in the USA. Though it drew from two millennia of Christian tradition, it was the culmination of ten years of intensive, energetic, and thoughtful deliberation. As a result, it has stood the test of time, valuably and viably contributing to the worship of all Lutherans. Two of the many participants in the development of This Far by Faith reflect on the significance of its publication and its enduring legacy.

Understanding CopyrightsMark Lawson

This session will deal with the many and various issues surrounding the use of copyrighted materials, how to properly get permission for use and reporting use.