Children’s & Youth Choirs Class…and MORE!

Channeling the Energy

We are excited to be offering, along with The Twin Cities Choristers Guild, a class for those of you who conduct children’s and youth choirs. It is called Channeling the Energy: Nurturing Children’s & Youth Choirs in Rehearsals & Worship and will feature two wonderful instructors, Ann Schrooten and Julie Aune. St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Bloomington will be hosting us on February 11th from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. You can read more about the class and register here.

 

 

 

 


Two Classes in Aberdeen, SD

These classes will be presented February 3rd and 4th in Aberdeen, South Dakota at Zion Lutheran Church. Leading Congregational Singing addresses the myriad ways to lift up the voice of the congregation. Teachers for that class are Chad Winterfeldt, Mary Preus and Jay Beech. This class will be on Friday, February 3rd from 9:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Playing Hymns with a Worship Band will feature Jay and other band members teaching us how to include traditional church music in a new way in your worship setting. That class will be at Zion on Saturday, February 4th from 9:00 a.m. – Noon.


Last Chance to Register for The Best of Worship & Praise and Worship 101

Nate BergengrenThe Best of Worship & Praise will be held at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Brooklyn Park on January 21st from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

If you are looking for solid music options for your worship or praise band, look no farther! All selections presented will have been filtered for theological content, musical quality, and congregational accessibility. This class is led by Jay and Nate Bergengren.

Also, with this class, for one registration you can bring as many from your congregation as you would like. Registration cost includes one song book.

Worship 101. It is coming up soon, January 23-25, 2017, on the campus of Luther Seminary in St. Paul. This is an opportunity to learn everything you wish you knew about worship with some awesome instructors: Kelly Chatman, Jay Beech, Christian Scharen, Elizabeth Damico and Chad Winterfeldt. You and your classmates are also an integral part of the learning process–the experience and gifts you bring to the table enrich us all. So, register today!

It’s Here! Worship 101

You have been waiting for it, now it is here! Worship 101. It is coming up soon, January 23-25, 2017. This is an opportunity to learn everything you wish you knew about worship with some awesome instructors: Kelly Chatman, Jay Beech, Christian Scharen, Elizabeth Damico and Chad Winterfeldt. You and your classmates are also an integral part of the learning process–the experience and gifts you bring to the table enrich us all. So, register today!

 


Children’s & Youth Choir Directors: How do you “channel” all that energy?

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Coming up on February 11 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Bloomington you will have an opportunity to learn all about Channeling the Energy: Nurturing Children’s & Youth Choirs in Rehearsals & Worship with two seasoned and well-respected professionals in the field: Ann Schrooten and Julie Aune.

Developed together with the Twin Cities Chapter of the Choristers Guild, these two very gifted and experienced teachers will lead this broad survey course focused on these important elements:

  • Vocal Pedagogy for Children
  • Rehearsal Structure
  • Repertoire Resources
  • Conducting Suggestions & Tips
  • How to Include Children & Youth inWorship as Leaders of Congregational Song

Whether you have years of experience or are new to working with young voices, you will certainly benefit from this day spent learning and singing.

For more information and to register, click here.

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If these events aren’t of direct interest to you, maybe they would be to someone else you know. Please feel free to forward this information to a friend or colleague. Have a great day!

Two Repertoire Classes in January

We are excited to offer two different repertoire classes in January! Hurry and register today!

The first is being led by Jay and titled, “Music for Lent“. It will be held at Edina Community Lutheran Church on January 7th from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. If you missed it in our last newsletter post, watch this promotional video to get a discount code for $10 off your registration. And, remember, for one registration you can bring as many from your congregation as you would like. Registration cost includes one song book.

Nate BergengrenThe second repertoire class is titled “The Best of Worship & Praise.” It will be held at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Brooklyn Park on January 21st from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

If you are looking for solid music options for your worship or praise band, look no farther! All selections presented will have been filtered for theological content, musical quality, and congregational accessibility. This class is led by Jay and Nate Bergengren.

Also, with this class, for one registration you can bring as many from your congregation as you would like. Registration cost includes one song book.

Register for Winter Classes Now!

winter_2017_cover_smallWe are excited to announce that registration is now open for our full slate of winter classes! If you or your congregation are on our mailing list, you should have already received the class catalog. If not, you can click here or on the image to the left to download it as a PDF. If you’d like to receive printed copies of future publications, please click the button to the right and sign up for mailing list. The schedule below includes links to class pages where you can find detailed information about each offering.

crucifix_palms_crpdOne brand new class that will be taught by Jay Beech is Music for Lent. Join us on January 7th and learn 20 new original songs and arrangements for this season.

January

7 Music for Lent Afternoon 1:00pm – 4:00pm
21 Best of Worship & Praise Afternoon 1:00pm – 4:00pm
23-25 Worship 101 All Day 9:00am – 4:00pm

February

3 Leading Congregational Singing All Day 9:00am – 4:00pm
4 Playing Hymns with a Worship Band Morning 9:00am – Noon
6-8 Leadership & Management 101 All Day 9:00am – 4:00pm
11 Channeling the Energy All Day 9:00am – 4:00pm
25 Church Audio Basics All Day 9:00am – 4:00pm

March

11 Playing off the Page All Day 9:00am – 4:00pm
18 Finale Music Notation for Worship All Day 9:00am – 4:00pm

 

 

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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