08/01/2018 all-day
St. Luke's Lutheran Church
205 N. Prospect Avenue
Anne Krentz Organ

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FINALE v25: ‘Must Have’ Tools for the Church Musician

Get up-to-date on the latest Finale music notation time saving features and shortcuts that will help you work more efficiently and increase your productivity in preparing music for your worship needs. Topics include: Fast note entry; templates; using metatools to enter markings and expressions; using contextual menus to reduce editing time; entering, editing, copying lyrics and chord symbols; score and part layout tips; transposing and printing instrument parts; importing and adapting scores for your ensembles; handbell scores; chant notation; formatting scores for church bulletins; and creating large format text + melody to use with PowerPoint hymn projection. The workshop is a combination of Finale feature demonstrations as well as hands-on time. Several handouts will be provided by the clinician.


8:30a Gather, refreshments, registration, set up computer equipment

9:00a Prayer and song, welcome

9:15a Finale Session 1:Score Setup and Templates

  • Fast Note Entry using a MIDI keyboard
  • Creating a Choral Score
  • Creating an Instrumental Score
  • Adapting Existing Scores for your Ensembles

12:00n Lunch (on your own)*

1:15p Finale Session 2:

  • Creating a Lead Sheet
  • Placing a Musical Excerpt in the Church Bulletin
  • Handbell Scores
  • Chant Notation
  • Creating Large Format Text and Melody for Overhead Hymn Projection
  • Sharing Your Music

3:45p Wrap-up, prayer and song

4:00p Departure

*Note: For this event, lunch is not included in the registration fee. There are several food options available in the neighborhood or you may bring your own lunch.

Participant Requirements for the Workshop

Each workshop participant will be required to bring:

• A LAPTOP COMPUTER with an authorized version of Finale v25 installed or the 30-day free trial version (download at http://www.finalemusic.com/free-trial/).
• POWER ADAPTER for your computer and EXTENSION CORD to plug into electrical power for the duration of the workshop.
• HEADPHONES (so you will not hear everyone else’s music playing back at the same time).
• OPTIONAL: If you wish to learn a faster way to enter notes in Finale, bring a 2 or 4-octave USB plug-and-play MIDI controller keyboard (no full size keyboards please).
• OPTIONAL: An external 2-button mouse. (A laptop trackpad works fine with Finale, but some people find it easier to use an external mouse for right-clicking to bring up contextual menus).


MAVIS KALLESTAD is a Finale clinician/trainer, music engraver and piano accompanist in the Minneapolis area. She has represented MakeMusic, the manufacturer of the Finale software, at many state music conventions and has taught hands-on Finale workshops to hundreds of music educators and worship musicians at VanderCook College of Music, Wisconsin Center for Music Education, Minnesota Summer Music Technology Symposiums, various regional workshops and school in-services. Her textbook, Building Successful Finale ‘Chops’, (now in its 3rd edition) contains practical step-by-step tutorials to learn how to use Finale to notate musical compositions, arrangements, performance and teaching materials.  Mavis holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Dickinson State University and is an adjunct faculty member at Hamline University, St. Paul, MN.

Augsburg Fortress Summer Music Clinic

The Augsburg Fortress Summer Music Clinic will be held at St. Luke’s on the two days prior to this event. www.augsburgfortress.org/Music-events