Saturday, February 8, 2014

A One-Day Conference for Church Musicians and Pastors

Cairn University’s School of Music presents a one-day conference for the church musician—choir members, choir directors, ministers of music, soloists, worship teams, children’s choir leaders, accompanists and tech crews, plus a special track for Pastors.

Keynote Address:

Dr. Constance Cherry, “Convergence Worship: The New Blended”


Participants may select one track OR “mix and match” the workshops.

Eight Interest-Specific Tracks

  • Track 1: Voice/Choir Member
  • Track 2: Conducting
  • Track 3: Contemporary Worship
  • Track 4: Children’s Music
  • Track 5: Technology
  • Track 6: Handbells
  • Track 7: Keyboards
  • Track 8: General/Pastors

Four Music Reading Sessions

Receive packets of free choral music in five specialized reading sessions. Dynamic, expressive, well-crafted, and theologically-sound anthems from many publishers will be presented by Cairn faculty.

Publishers’ Displays

Young’s Music returns with a wide selection of choral, vocal and instrumental music for your perusal and purchase. Orders will be taken for any of the music used in the reading sessions.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Constance Cherry, “Convergence worship: The New Blended”

Dr. Constance Cherry is an experienced professor, worship leader, musician, and pastor, having served in local church ministry and academic teaching positions for more than thirty years. She holds a B.A. in music from Huntington University, a Master of Music from Bowling Green State University, and the Doctor of Ministry in Christian Worship from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary where she studied with Robert Webber. She is Professor of Worship and Christian Ministries at Indiana Wesleyan University and has served on the faculty of the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies since 2000. Dr. Cherry speaks and teaches internationally in the areas of worship and church music. Her publications include journal articles, musical compositions, hymn texts (currently in eight hymnals), and three books. Her first book, The Worship Architect: A Blueprint for Designing Culturally Relevant and Biblically Faithful Services (Baker Academic, 2010), is used in more than 80 seminaries and Christian universities as a required text in worship courses. A sequel, The Special Service Worship Architect: Blueprints for Weddings, Funerals, Baptisms, Communion and Other Occasions was released in 2013.

Workshop Leaders

  • Martha Alford, M.Mus.
    Founder and Director, Philadelphia Bronze
  • Kenneth Borrmann, M.Mus.
    Associate Professor; Chair, Keyboard Instruction
  • Joseph Caminiti, M.Mus.
    Associate Professor; Chair, Instrumental Studies; Conductor, Cairn Symphony Orchestra, 
    Wind Ensemble and Chamber Music
  • Benjamin Harding, D.M.A.
    Associate Professor in Piano
  • Paul R. Isensee, D.M.A.
    Dean, School of Music; Chair, Church Music Studies
  • Jay Kratz, B.Mus.
    Adjunct Faculty in Guitar; Director, Jazz Ensemble, Chapel Worship Team
  • Hilary Orlando, M.Mus.
    Adjunct Faculty in Organ
  • Robin Massie, M.Mus.
    Part-time Faculty in Voice, Opera Theater
  • David Shockey, D.M.A.
    Professor; Chair, Voice Studies; Director, Cairn Chorale and Chamber Singers
  • Suzanne Schmidt, M.M.
    Public School Music Educator; Music Theory Specialist
  • Scott Watson, D.M.A.
    Adjunct Faculty; Music Technology (Authorized Finale Clinician)
  • Debbie L. Wolf, Ph.D.
    Professor; Chair, Music Education


Time Event
7:45am – 8:30am
Registration in the Stearns Mission Center
8:30am – 9:30am
Worship & Keynote Address:
“Convergence Worship: The New Blended”
Dr. Constance Cherry
9:30am – 10:00am Coffee Break/Visit Displays
10:00am – 2:45pm Workshops & Reading Sessions
(see Workshop Schedule)
2:45pm – 3:00pm Break/Visit Displays
3:00pm – 3:40pm Concert featuring Cairn Ensembles
(Chorale, Handbells, Chamber Orchestra)
3:40pm Closing and Evaluation
3:45pm – 4:30pm Visit Displays

Workshop Schedule

Track 10:00am-11:00am 11:15am-12:15pm 12:30pm-1:30pm 1:45pm-2:45pm
Voice Practice! We’re talking about practice!?!
Lunch/Elective Solo Repertoire for the Singer
Vocal Health 101:How to take care of your voice
Conducting Choral Rehearsal Techniques
Lunch/Elective Advanced Conducting Skills
Conducting Master Class*
Contemporary Worship Building a Worship Band: getting the most out of your team
Success in Contemporary Worship: What are we shooting for?
Lunch/Elective Next Steps: Expanding your contemporary music vocabulary in worship.
Children’s Music Leaving the 99 to go after the one!: strategies for including students with special needs in music ministry
Reading Session: Music for Treble Choir
Lunch/Elective Orff to Church we Go!: Creating arrangements for children’s instrumental ensembles.
Technology Notation Software for Church Music Leaders: ways a program like Finale can help.
Electronic Keyboard Overview: key features and peripherals of keyboards used in church music programs
Lunch/Elective Websites, Apps and Beyond: Tools to educate, enhance, and empower music ministry
Handbells The Basics of Bells: the first year for the beginning director.
Lunch/Elective The Colors of Bells: Exploring handbell techniques.
The Creative Use of Bells in Worship
Keyboards “Service-playing: From ho-hum to hallelujah!” Revitalizing congregational singing with organ technique.
Lunch/Elective Improvisation for the Church pianist.
Pop Piano Techniques: an idiomatic approach to modern church music
General & Pastors “We Are What We Sing: Selecting Worship Songs with Theological, Musical, and Lyrical Integrity”
Overcoming Passive Worship: Moving from Spectator to Participant
Lunch/Elective From Gregorian Chant to Chris Tomlin: The History of Sacred Music in 60 Minutes
Music Reading Sessions Music for the Small(er) Church Choir Music for Treble Choirs
Music for the Large(r)
Church Choir
Music for the
Contemporary Choir

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