An Opportunity to Give to the Max on Thursday

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Give to the Max Day in Minnesota is this Thursday! It is a day of giving for the organizations you care so much about, like The Center for Worship & Music Studies. That day is Thursday, November 17. HOWEVER, if you think you will be too busy to remember on Thursday, you can schedule a gift to be processed on November 17. So, YOU CAN GIVE EVEN NOW!  To give to The Center for Worship & Music Studies you can go directly to this link.

We welcome and THANK YOU for your gifts which help us further our mission, which is:

  • to prepare musicians and other for planning and leading thoughtful and vibrant worship.
  • to equip them to teach and mentor others.
  • to train and support them in guiding their communities in the discernment of their worship practices.

Winter Class Schedule Coming

The winter class schedule, which will be released next week, will include two brand new classes. One will be focused on leading children’s choirs and the other will be a repertoire class led by Jay featuring music for Lent. The new schedule will be in your mailbox soon–watch for it and sign-up early!

Still time to register for Aberdeen classes

Zion Lutheran Church in Aberdeen, SD will host these two classes for The Center coming up in November on the 18th and 19th.

Leading Congregational Singing

marypreus300-e1427816211947-150x150One of the principal tasks of musicians who plan and lead worship is to lift up the voice of the congregation. But how do we invite people to join in rather than sit back and listen? Can you change the musical culture in a congregation from one that is passive to one where people actively engage in singing? What are the ways that singing together builds community? Chad_organ5_croppedThis class will address these and other questions, and explore the Biblical and historical foundations of singing together when we gather.

Leading Congregational Singing features three instructors: Chad WinterfeldtMary Preus and Jay Beech, and is scheduled from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on November 18.

The cost for this class is $150.00. For more information and to register for this class, click here.


Playing Hymns with a Worship Band

Blacktop_2010_edited2There has been so much dynamic new worship music written with the “praise band” in mind. However, do you ever wonder if your band-led services should include some music that wasn’t written in the last ten minutes? What about the legacy of all the great hymns of the faith? Is there a way to include that music in your contemporary services without having it feel like an academic exercise?

Instructor Jay Beech answers this question with a resounding “YES”!  Jay has taken his love of hymnody, plugged it into his internal groove generator, and created very cool arrangements for the worship band.

Playing Hymns with a Worship Band is scheduled from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. on November 19.

The cost for this class is $50 and includes one spiral-bound music book. Please bring as many from your worship team or congregation as you would like with you and just pay $10 per extra music book. For more information and to register for this class, please click here.


Give to the Max Day is Next Week!gtmd16logoverticalcolorsafe

Give to the Max Day in Minnesota is coming! It is a day of giving for the organizations you care so much about, like The Center for Worship & Music Studies. That day is Thursday, November 17. HOWEVER, anytime before then you can schedule your gift to be processed on November 17. So, YOU CAN PLAN AHEAD! Especially, if you think–like me–you will forget to do it on the day. To give to The Center for Worship & Music Studies you can go directly to this link.

We welcome and THANK YOU for your gifts which help us further our mission, which is:

  • to prepare musicians and other for planning and leading thoughtful and vibrant worship.
  • to equip them to teach and mentor others.
  • to train and support them in guiding their communities in the discernment of their worship practices.

Last Chance to Register for Church Choral Director class with Greg Aune

Last chance to register for this weekend’s class:

Repertoire, Rehearsal, & Resources: Three “R’s” for the Church Choral Director

Teacher – Greg Aune
Half-day intensive

November 5, 2016, 1:00-4:00   Register
Gustavus Adolphus College (map)
800 W College Ave
St. Peter, MN 56082

aune_conducting_webThis class will focus on three key elements which are essential components for the successful church choral conductor and the church choir. There will be a reading session of both new and “tried and true” choral repertoire of various styles and voicings, during which specific rehearsal and musical elements of each particular score will be discussed and demon- strated. Additionally, some students will have the opportunity to conduct the class and receive feedback and coaching. We will also explore and discuss the role of the church choir as the leader in congregational song.

Cost – $95
(Bring as many from your church as you want! Registration includes one packet of choral octavos. Additional packets available for $45 each.)

Fulfills one certification elective requirement for Repertoire Studies
Continuing education contact hours – 3


Upcoming Class to be Rescheduled

The Working with Digital Mixer‘s class scheduled for November 12, 2016 will be rescheduled. Please watch for more information.


Prepare for Give to the Max Daygtmd16logoverticalcolorsafe

Give to the Max Day in Minnesota is coming! It is a day of giving for the organizations you care so much about, like The Center for Worship & Music Studies. The day is Thursday, November 17. HOWEVER, beginning TODAY, November 1 through November 16, you can schedule your gift to be processed on November 17. So, YOU CAN PLAN AHEAD! Especially, if you think–like me–you will forget to do it on the day. To give to The Center for Worship & Music Studies you can go directly to this link.

We welcome and THANK YOU for your gifts which help us further our mission, which is:

  • to prepare musicians and other for planning and leading thoughtful and vibrant worship.
  • to equip them to teach and mentor others.
  • to train and support them in guiding their communities in the discernment of their worship practices.

 

Classes Coming to Aberdeen, South Dakota

Zion Lutheran Church in Aberdeen, SD will host these two classes for The Center coming up in November on the 18th and 19th.

Leading Congregational Singing

marypreus300-e1427816211947-150x150One of the principal tasks of musicians who plan and lead worship is to lift up the voice of the congregation. But how do we invite people to join in rather than sit back and listen? Can you change the musical culture in a congregation from one that is passive to one where people actively engage in singing? What are the ways that singing together builds community? Chad_organ5_croppedThis class will address these and other questions, and explore the Biblical and historical foundations of singing together when we gather.

Leading Congregational Singing features three instructors: Chad Winterfeldt, Mary Preus and Jay Beech, and is scheduled from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on November 18.

The cost for this class is $150.00. For more information and to register for this class, click here.


Playing Hymns with a Worship Band

Blacktop_2010_edited2There has been so much dynamic new worship music written with the “praise band” in mind. However, do you ever wonder if your band-led services should include some music that wasn’t written in the last ten minutes? What about the legacy of all the great hymns of the faith? Is there a way to include that music in your contemporary services without having it feel like an academic exercise?

Instructor Jay Beech answers this question with a resounding “YES”!  Jay has taken his love of hymnody, plugged it into his internal groove generator, and created very cool arrangements for the worship band.

Playing Hymns with a Worship Band is scheduled from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. on November 19.

The cost for this class is $50 and includes one spiral-bound music book. Please bring as many from your worship team or congregation as you would like with you and just pay $10 per extra music book. For more information and to register for this class, please click here.

New Finale Music Notation Class

kybd_Computer_cropped2Coming up on October 22, The Center for Worship & Music Studies will be offering another class on Finale Music Notation for Worship!

Finale music notation software from MakeMusic is the most widely-used application of its kind in the world. The program is incredibly powerful, but the learning curve can be intimidating. We’ve designed a course that will help you get the most out of Finale for week-to-week use in a congregational setting.

Topics covered will include:

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  • Formatting scores for bulletins (with included templates for several different page sizes)
  • Transposing parts for instrumentalists
  • Transposing lead sheets and chord symbols
  • Creating large format text+melody pages for output to PowerPoint (download example file)
  • Fast note entry methods
  • Finale time-saving tips and shortcuts

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This class will be taught by Mavis Kallestad on October 22nd, 9:00-4:00 at the Minnesota Church Center in Minneapolis. More information about the technological components available on the class page.

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Register Now for Worship 101 and Church Audio Basics

wafer_child_croppedComing up next week, October 17-19, is an exciting opportunity to learn from a variety of instructors in our fundamentals class of Worship 101.

This class will provide a broad theological and historical overview of Christian worship, and will explore the relationship between worship and culture. Specific attention will be paid to the Biblical foundations of worship, and to the historical development of the music of the church. Students will also learn the basics of good worship planning, and will be invited to reflect on their own experience and current context throughout the course. It is not necessary for students to be musicians in order to enroll. This is a required core class for students pursuing certification.

Comments from past participants:

“I appreciated hearing from my fellow learners and presenters. Elizabeth Damico’s reflection on time and her questions and Jay’s considerations for worship were quite helpful to me.”

“Great content and discussion.”

This will be a rich opportunity to share and reflect on your own experience, and engage with others in an open and mutually supportive environment. A wonderful team of teachers will make this a very dynamic experience. Please join us!

Cost – $500
Fulfills certification requirement for Biblical & Theological Studies
Continuing education contact hours – 16


Register
Class starts Monday, October 17th at 9:00 AM, ends Wednesday, October 19th at 12:30 p.m. Distance learning option available.

Minnesota Church Center (map)
122 W Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404


Church Audio Basics Coming to Moorhead
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In October we are pleased to once again be offering Church Audio Basics, an introductory course designed with church musicians, audio engineers, and those who would like to understand the basics of sound system operation in mind.

Teacher Jay Beech will focus on topics including Core Values for Church Audio Support, System Components & Basic Mixer Operation, Microphones & Cables, Wireless Microphone Basics, Controlling Feedback & Basic Troubleshooting, and other useful skills that will make your church sound system a help rather than a hinderance. No previous experience necessary. mixer

This one day intensive will be offered October 15, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Moorhead, MN. A printed resource book, as well as lunch, will be included in the cost of registration.

Register now!


Fall class registration is now open!

Church Audio Basics Coming to Moorhead and Last Chance for Nate Houge

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In October we are pleased to once again be offering Church Audio Basics, an introductory course designed with church musicians, audio engineers, and those who would like to understand the basics of sound system operation in mind.

Teacher Jay Beech will focus on topics including Core Values for Church Audio Support, System Components & Basic Mixer Operation, Microphones & Cables, Wireless Microphone Basics, Controlling Feedback & Basic Troubleshooting, and other useful skills that will make your church sound system a help rather than a hinderance. No previous experience necessary. mixer

This one day intensive will be offered October 15, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Moorhead, MN. A printed resource book, as well as lunch, will be included in the cost of registration.

Register now!


Fall class registration is now open!

Check out the full list of classes that will be available this Fall. Don’t miss out on these great opportunity to learn with Nate Houge, Greg Aune, and others.

For more information and registration, follow the links below!


Last Chance for Featured Composer: Nate Houge Class

NateHouge_webThe Center for Worship and Music Studies is excited to present a new class this fall on Saturday, October 8th at Luther Seminary from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. led by featured composer, Nate Houge. Nate is a gifted, generous musician and a fine theologian. He has travelled widely leading worship and sharing his very accessible music. Nate’s sacramental values and his deep commitment to building authentic Christian community are clearly evident in his compositions. He has been deeply involved in shaping the worship life of Humble Walk, a new ELCA church in St. Paul, MN. Students in this class will learn and sing together Nate’s wonderful congregational music.

Nate Houge grew up in Liberia as a son of missionary parents, and studied at Concordia College (now University) in St. Paul, MN. He and a friend own and operate Brake Bread, a bakery in St. Paul that offers delivery via bicycle. (The Star Tribune recently featured an article on Nate and Micah Taylor’s bread business.)

Welcome New Board Members and Staff

We have recently added two new people to our Board of Directors at The Center for Worship and Music Studies, as well as a new administrative staff person.

Introducing Janet Thompson
Janet outside bungalow, Palm Island-2_1024Janet Thompson, Treasurer of our Board, retired from the Minneapolis Area Synod of the ELCA where she served as the Assistant to the Bishop for Administration. Prior to that, she was at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. working in the areas of Alumni Relations, Church Relations, and as Associate Vice President for Advancement and College Relations. During her tenure at the college, she directed the Conference on Worship, Theology, and the Arts. Janet has served on the ELCA Church Council and Executive Committee, as the chair of the Board of Trustees of Augsburg Fortress Publishing, and as the vice president of the Saint Paul Area Synod. She holds degrees from St. Olaf College and the University of Southern California.

Introducing Anita Young
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Anita Young joins the Board after recently retiring from a 35-year career at Thrivent Financial, where she worked in the insurance operations, treasury, and sales divisions. She and her husband, Jon, are also recently retired from Peace Lutheran Church in Bloomington, where they served as worship and music leaders for nearly 30 years. Anita was on the board of trustees at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN, and was a founding board member of the Lutheran Community Foundation, now InFaith Community Foundation. As graduates of Gustavus, Anita and Jon are active alumni, currently co-chair the Friends of Music at Gustavus, and are recipients of the Greater Gustavus Award.

Welcome to Sarah Malm
fullsizerenderWe also welcomed Sarah Malm as Administrative Assistant in our office mid-July. She comes to us with extensive experience in the wider church as an ordained pastor for many years and more recently in church administrative office positions. In her free time, you will find her working on her custom-designed greeting cards, or singing and playing the piano.

Featured Composer Class with Nate Houge

NateHouge_webThe Center for Worship and Music Studies is excited to present a new class this fall on Saturday, October 8th at Luther Seminary from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. led by featured composer, Nate Houge. Nate is a gifted, generous musician and a fine theologian. He has travelled widely leading worship and sharing his very accessible music. Nate’s sacramental values and his deep commitment to building authentic Christian community are clearly evident in his compositions. He has been deeply involved in shaping the worship life of Humble Walk, a new ELCA church in St. Paul, MN. Students in this class will learn and sing together Nate’s wonderful congregational music.

Nate Houge grew up in Liberia as a son of missionary parents, and studied at Concordia College (now University) in St. Paul, MN. He and a friend own and operate Brake Bread, a bakery in St. Paul that offers delivery via bicycle. (The Star Tribune recently featured an article on Nate and Micah Taylor’s bread business.)

Register for Fall Classes Now!

The Center for Worship & Music Studies is excited to announce their fall line-up of nine classes being offered in October and November, including THREE NEW OFFERINGS.

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October

8 – Featured Composer – Nate Houge Repertoire – NEW

15 – Church Audio Basics

17-19 – Worship 101

22 – Finale Music Notation for Worship

29 – Best of Worship & Praise

 

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November

5 – Three “Rs” for the Church Choral Director – NEW

12 –Working with Digital Mixers – NEW

18 – Leading Congregational Singing

19 – Playing Hymns with a Worship Band

 

 

Fall_2016_coverFall class mailers have been sent out and should be received in the next few days. If you did not receive one and would like to receive a physical copy of our mailers in the future, sign up for our USPS mailing list through this form or send us an email at info@worshipandmusic.org.