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Church website: http://www.standrewlutheran.com/
The program will include: morning prayer; breakout sessions on choral reading for smaller choirs and instruments in worship, both focusing on music from a variety of ethnicities; a time for singing hymns from differing ethnicities in Evangelical Lutheran Worship, Lutheran Service Book and other hymnals; and a drum circle session, “Finding your voice through rhythm and using it to build community.”
8:30 Registration Refreshments
9:00 Worship – Morning Prayer, Pr. Robyn Hartwig, Worship Leader
9:20 Welcome; location Sanctuary
9:30 Session – Keynote Speaker – Phil Brandt (Concordia University, Portland) – Can We talk about Advent?
Those who are awake to the meaning and celebration of liturgical seasons have long bemoaned the eclipse of Advent by secular Christmas. But this is not just an aesthetic problem of Christmas carols preemptively shouldering aside rich Advent hymnody and practices. Advent, as a season of penitence, does necessary and healthful things to the worshiper. Can we identify that a hunger for penitence manifests in culture and use its own grasping for meaning, penitence, and reflection to achieve Advent goals in other times and seasons? Can we let culture do the heavy lifting for us? I believe so.
10:30 Break; Coffee Bar area
10:45 Session A – Hand bells in Worship, presenter Matthew Compton
Session B – Use of Piano in the Worship Service, presenter Charlotte Kroeker
11:45 Session – Choral Reading Session, presenter Ralph Nelson; location Sanctuary
12:30 Lunch – Location St. Andrew Fellowship Hall
1:15 Drum Circle, facilitator Pr. Robyn Hartwig
2:00 Break; Coffee Bar area
2:15 Session Breakouts
Session A – Tips for Church Choir Directors, presenter Ken DeJong
25 Tips for Church Choirs, Ken DeJong: Experience brings ideas and helps us find “short-cuts” to new ideas. In this session, Ken DeJong will share 25 tips for church choir directors – from rehearsal ideas and techniques to building community within community. You’ll walk away with some you can use next week, some you’ll try next year, and some you’ll use throughout your conducting career.
Session B – Instruments in Worship, presenter Bill Kuhn
4:00 Hymn Festival
Combined choirs from Portland area Lutheran and Catholic Churches. Organists for this event are members of the ALCM and Portland AGO Chapter.
Pr. Phillip Brandt is the son of a Lutheran Pastor who served fourteen years in parish ministry before joining the Concordia University faculty in the summer of 2005.
Ralph Nelson has served in many capacities since moving to Portland. In addition to composing and teaching, he is the founder and artistic director of the Bach Cantata Series of Bach Cantata Choir of Portland, Oregon.
William Kuhn, professor of music and director of instrumental music at Concordia University, also serves as organist at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, Portland.
Bruce Neswick is director of music at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Portland, Oregon, and was formerly professor of music in organ and sacred music at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.
Pr. Robyn Hartwig is associate pastor at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Beaverton