Planning Team Conference Director - Ken Courtney, CCM, Director of Music, First Presbyterian Church, Aiken, SC Howard Reed, PAM Board Representative, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Conway, AR 2015 Mo-Ranch/PAM Worship and Music Conference David VanderMeer, 2006 Mo-Ranch/PAM Conference Director, Director of Music and Fine Arts Ministries, Central Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, GA Ken Gould, Director of Special Projects, Mo-Ranch Conference Center, Hunt, TX Beth Thompson, Assistant Chancel Choir Director, First Presbyterian Church, Dallas, TX Chelsea Stearn, Music Associate, First Presbyterian Church, Fort Worth, TX William McConnell, PAM Executive Director, Louisville, KY 502-569-5288 www.PresbyMusic.org [email protected] You Thirsty Ones, Come June 14-19, 2015 Mo-Ranch Conference Center Hunt, TX You Thirsty Ones, Come Gathered on the bank of the Guadalupe River in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, we explore together God’s invitation to come and drink the water of life. Using as our theme the hymn You Thirsty Ones, Come, we sing, ring, play, and worship together--remembering that, in the same way rain nourishes and feeds the earth, we are fed, clothed, and protected by God’s loving care. Together we will experience uplifting worship and make exciting and powerful music together. Look forward to recharging, reconnecting, and reimagining what it means to celebrate God’s goodness to us. Conference Faculty Margaret Aymer Oget, Preacher, Associate Professor of New Testament, Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, GA. Michael Waschevski, Adult Bible Study, Associate Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Fort Worth, TX. Michael Burkhardt, Organist, Director of Worship and the Arts, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Livonia, Michigan, Composer. Andrew Fullerton, Routley Lecturer, Presbyterian Church of Canada Pastor and Theologian, Stratford, Ontario Ken Courtney, CCM, Conference Director Elizabeth Schauer, Adult Choir Director, Associate Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. Planning Team Members: Howard Reed, PAM Board Representative David VanderMeer, 2016 Conference Director Ken Gould, Mo-Ranch Director of Special Projects Beth Thompson Chelsea Stearn William McConnell, PAM Executive Director Cari Earnhardt, Youth Choir Clinician, Choral Conductor, American University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Registration Information Visit the Presbyterian Association of Musicans website at www.PresbyMusic.org/mo_ranch.html to register online, learn more details, and get information about available scholarships. Early Bird Registration Available Through January 2! On-site registration check-in for the conference opens at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday and gather for opening worship at 7:30 p.m. The conference concludes with a Festival Concert on Thursday evening. Questions about registration? Please contact the PAM National Office at [email protected] or 502-568-5288. PAM National Office 100 Witherspoon Street Louisville KY 40202-1396 502-569-5288 Toll-free: 1-888-728-7228 xt 5288 Fax: 502-569-8465 Mo-Ranch 2229 FM 1314 Hunt, Texas 78024-3037 800-460-4401 Fax: 830-238-4202 Tom Shelton, Children’s Choir Director, Assistant Professor of Sacred Music at Westminster Choir College, Rider University, Princeton, NJ. Carla A. David, Advanced and Intermediate Handbell Clinician, Director of Handbell Ministries, First United Methodist Church, Round Rock, TX. Susan LaPointe, Children’s Chimes and Beginning Handbells, Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, Bedford, TX. Diane Haslam, Vocal Techniques and Cantor Class Clinician, Director of the Aiken Singers, Adjunct Faculty, University of South Carolina Aiken, and Section Leader/Soloist, First Presbyterian Church, Aiken, SC. Brian Hehn, Drumming Class Clinician, Director of Music, Arapaho United Methodist Church, Richardson, TX. John Leedy, Youth Activities and Bible Study, Associate Pastor for Youth and Family Ministries, University Presbyterian Church, Austin, TX. Krystal Leedy, Youth Activities and Bible Study, Director of Campus Ministry, University Presbyterian Church, Austin, TX. Kathy Courtney, Adult Liturgical Arts Studio Class, Free-lance Interior Designer, Aiken, SC. Richard Holsomback, Instrumental Ensemble Director, Band Director, Longview Texas. Jimmie Homburg, Children’s Art Classes, retired school teacher, Horseshoe Bay, TX. Cassie Johnson, Children’s Art Classes, retired school teacher, Cypress, TX. LuAnn Lane, Adult Choir Accompanist, Midland, TX, Instructor, Odessa College. Jane Van Valkenburg, Youth Choir Accompanist, Houston, TX. Beverly Chesire, Children’s Choir Accompanist, Cuero, TX. Age Classifications Handbells/Chimes Mo/PAM Worship & Music Conference classifies students in the following categories: Children - Rising 2nd graders - Rising 6th graders Youth - Rising 7th graders - 12th graders Children’s Chimes All child conferees will participate in chimes class. Music will be provided. Group/Chaperone Information All groups of children and youth must be accompanied by adult group leaders and chaperones for the entire week. Chaperones are responsible for ensuring that conferees attend all classes, rehearsals, and morning worship. They must reside with children and youth, supervise behavior, and assist with activities for children and youth. There must be one chaperone for every six children and/or youth. A list of all chaperones must be included with the group leader’s registration. There are two types of chaperones: • those adults registered to attend the adult classes • those non-participating adults registered only as a chaperone and only attending classes with the children and/or youth. Those registered as non-participating chaperones must check in with all other registered attendees to receive a badge for admittance to children/youth events and to sign up to assist with particular classes. Handbells Beginning, intermediate and advanced handbell choirs are offered. Advanced handbell choir counts towards PAM certification. (Intermediate and Advanced choirs meet for two rehearsals each day.) Several choirs will play for worship and the Thursday evening concert. If you are not sure which class level is for you, see below. One music packet per registrant is provided. Additional music packets can be purchased at registration. Bring gloves and music folders/ stands with you. Handbell Classifications Handbell levels are explained here: www.PresbyMusic.org/hb.html Beginning – A beginning ringer should have a basic understanding of music reading. The beginning ringing class will utilize Level 1 handbell music. This group does not perform outside of the classroom setting. Intermediate – An intermediate ringer should have solid experience with handbells and good music reading skills. The intermediate ringer should be comfortable with Level 2 Level 3 handbell music. Some experience with multiple bell techniques (Shelley and fourin-hand) and/or lower bass experience is a plus. This group will perform in the Thursday evening concert. Advanced – An advanced ringer should have extensive experience with Level 3 - Level 4 literature and with multiple bell techniques or lower bass bell experience. This group performs in the Thursday evening concert. Advanced handbells counts toward PAM certification. Vocal Choirs +Adult Choir This choir is open to all registered adult and young adult conferees. Two rehearsals each day prepare the choir to sing for worship and for the Thursday evening concert. Each participant will receive one music packet at registration. Additional packets are available for purchase. Adult choir counts towards PAM certification. +Routley Lecture Join Andrew Fullerton for a series of lectures on the power of congregational singing. +Liturgical Art Studio Experience making art that will grace our worship space with Kathy Courtney. The class will focus on fabric painting techniques. Please note: This class has a limited enrollment and meets from 3:30 - 5:20 PM Monday - Wednesday. Youth Choir This choir is required for all youth conferees. Two rehearsals each day prepare this choir to sing for worship and for the Thursday evening concert. Each participant will receive one music packet at registration. Additional packets are available for purchase. +Vocal Techniques (Youth and Adults / Young Adults) Author of The Heart of Singing: Steps on a Path to Becoming the Singer You Want to Be, Diane Haslam offers her insight into singing in a healthy and holistic way. Children’s Choir This choir is required for all child conferees. Two rehearsals each day prepare this choir to sing for worship and for the Thursday evening concert. Each participant will receive one music packet at registration. Additional packets are available for purchase at registration. +Cantor Class (Youth and Adults / Young Adults) A class that will teach you how to be a Cantor and decipher the art of chanting the Psalms. Diane Haslam will work with participants that would like to volunteer to be a Cantor for worship services during the week. Seminars and Additional Ensembles +Instrumental Ensemble (Youth and Adults / Young Adults) Opportunities for instrumentalists to rehearse and play for worship and other conference events. Please indicate on your registration form the instrument you play and will bring with you. +Bible Study An adult Bible study will be led each day, by Michael Waschevski. The study will relate to the theme of the conference and scriptures read in worship. +Preaching Seminar Margaret Aymer Oget, our conference preacher, will address issues faced by preachers as they prepare to lead in worship. +Worship Reflections This seminar will allow conferees to discuss our daily worship service with the planners and leaders. This is an excellent opportunity to reflect together about what happens in worship, why certain decisions were made, and where other options might have been chosen. +Organ Seminar (Youth and Adults / Young Adults) Michael Burkhardt, our conference organist, will share practical skills for creative service playing, hymn playing, etc. +Drumming Circle (Youth and Adults / Young Adults) Author of the soon to be released Drumming in the Church, Brian Hehn will teach you the art of group drumming. Drums will be provided, but if you have a Djembe, please feel free to bring it with you. +PAM Professional Development Join our PAM representative to discuss employment in the PC(USA), PAM Certification and other topics. Reading Sessions Choir and Handbell directors will share new repertoire, and ways in which you may wish to use and teach them to the choir. (Monday - Adult; Tuesday - Children/Youth; Wednesday - Handbells) + denotes classes that count toward PAM Certification.
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