10/13/2018 all-day
St. Luke's Lutheran Church
300 Carol Street
$45.00 ($20 full-time students)
Michael Schaner

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Our day will focus on refining skills and using resources you may already have, but don’t know how to use them in worship.


8:30     Registration and Refreshments
9:00     Welcome Gathering and Hymn
9:15     Choral Workshop 1 – Vocal Techniques
10:30   Break
10:45   Worship
11:20   Break
11:30   Handbell Session – Bells in Worship
12:30   LUNCH (included)
1:15     Choral Workshop 2 – Conducting
2:00    Organ Session – Relationship: Pew and Bench
3:15     Farewell, Godspeed and Closing Hymn

Session Descriptions

Choral Sessions

Vocal Techniques for Church Choirs Choir directors often provide the only vocal instruction that church choral singers will receive.  With that in mind, this session will give choir directors tools for improving singing in their choirs, including techniques for working with aging voices.

Better Communication through Conducting Discover what your non-verbal communication says to your singers. Are you speaking one instruction and conducting something different? What does your choir see and how do they respond? Come learn how to be a more effective communicator through your conducting gesture in order to help your ensembles sing and play their very best to the Lord’s praise! 

Handbell Session

Handbells in Worship Are you using your handbells to their full potential? Your bell choir is ready for more. We will review ways this versatile instrument can enrich and enliven worship.  

Organ Session

“Sensitivity Training for Organists” The Relationship between Pew and Bench. Through God’s gift of music and the talent God has given us, we will discuss, learn, and grow as we explore the unending number of ways, from the organ bench, to inspire your congregation to sing hymns and song that bring the Word of God alive in their hearts and minds as they sit in the pews.


Dr. Alexa Doebele is associate professor of music and Director of Choral Activities at Concordia University Wisconsin, where she conducts three choirs, in addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in music education, conducting, and choral literature. She completed a bachelor’s degree at Washington University in St. Louis and her Master of Music Education and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees at the University of Colorado.

Jana Larson earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Olaf College where she rang with Jill Mahr. She has a Master of Church Music from Concordia University Wisconsin where she studied with Dr. John Behnke. Jana currently serves as Handbell Director at Fox Point Lutheran Church. She plays with the Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble. She has been a clinician, judge, and presenter at various workshops, conventions, and festivals.

John R. Paradowski serves as Music Minister/Organist at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Wauwatosa, WI. He has led sessions in creative church music, worship leading, hymn playing, hymnody, handbells in worship, and Organ, Choral and Handbell repertoire at national and local workshops and conferences. His music is published by Augsburg-Fortress, Choristers Guild, and Shawnee Press/Hal Leonard Publishing.