A Message from The Board of Directors

Thank you for your interest in the work of The Center for Worship and Music Studies. We are grateful for the many students, instructors, donors, supporters, and partner organizations that helped this ministry thrive during these past three and a half years.

Beginning May 1, 2017, The Center for Worship and Music Studies will pause active operations and enter into a period of evaluation and reflection for future programming. The Board of Directors recognizes that, sadly, our current levels of enrollment and philanthropic support are inadequate to sustain continued operations under our current model. We will take this pause in programming for an undetermined length of time as the Board prayerfully considers options for the future.

We are so appreciative of the vision and creative work done by our Executive Director, Jay Beech, as well as the excellent contributions of our Administrative Assistant, Sarah Malm. We continue to believe that this ministry is vitally important in its support of those doing the ongoing work around worship and music in our congregations.

During this time, the Board invites the input of any and all who would like to see the work of The Center continue. Some online conversation will be initiated through our website – worshipandmusic.org. You can also share your ideas about how The Center for Worship & Music Studies could best support worship and music leaders through new or alternative models of program delivery, specific class offerings, consulting services, creating worship resources, etc. Please send these ideas to info@worshipandmusic.org.

After April 30th, Jay will continue to be available independently as a teacher, presenter, consultant, and worship leader, and can be reached at jay@worshipandmusic.org.

We hope that, together, we can imagine new possibilities and partner with others who are passionate about this work. Again, we want to express thanks and appreciation for your interest.

 

Board Members

Rev. Kelly Chatman

Rev. Dr. John Christopherson

Rev. Dr. Rollie Martinson

Rev. Dr. Dee Pederson, President

Rev. Dr.  Mark Ramseth, Secretary

Bishop Ann Svennungsen

Janet Thompson, Treasurer

Anita Young

Finale Music Notation Class

Create Beautiful Scores & Transpose Music

To learn more about this class including technical requirements, click here!

Saturday, March 18th, 2017 – 9:00-4:00 at the MN Church Center in Mpls (map)
Cost – $150 (includes lunch)


Last Chance for Register for Lay School in Fargo

There’s still time to register for Creating Worship Vitality in Any Setting this Saturday, March 4th, in Fargo. Jointly sponsored by the Eastern North Dakota and Northwestern Minnesota Synods of the ELCA, Jay will teach this annual Lay School from 10:00-3:00. Cost is $50. Click here for more info or to register.


Playing Off the Page class coming up fast!

Don’t miss this chance to build some skills playing keyboard/piano from a lead sheet. Created for those with formal piano and organ training, teacher Martial Besombes will help ease you into the mysterious world of playing by ear. Join us Saturday, March 11th, at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN, for Playing Off the Page: Basic Improvisational Keyboard Techniques. Registration cast of $150 includes lunch.

Learn to Play Keyboard from a Lead Sheet!

Playing Off the Page: Basic Improvisational Keyboard Techniques

Coming up on March 11 is our class called Playing off the Page: Basic Improvisational Keyboard Techniques. If you are a pianist and/or organist who has had traditional instruction and can read music, but would like to begin to learn to play “by ear,” or play from a lead/chord sheet, this is the class for you. The amazingly talented Martial Besombes, music director at Park Avenue United Methodist Church in Minneapolis will be the teacher. We will meet at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The cost is $150 and includes lunch.

Click here for more information and to register.

Last Chance for Church Audio Basics

mixerJoin us on February 25, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Hermantown, MN for Church Audio Basics taught by Jay Beech. This course focuses on an important worship tool that is used by almost all churches – sound systems. Regardless of worship style, church P.A. systems can be a source of enormous frustration. This introductory course is designed for musicians, Sunday morning audio engineers, and anyone else who needs to understand the basics of sound system operations. If you’ve ever felt like your sound system is more of a distraction than an asset, we can help! No previous experience is required.

Click here for more information and to register.

 

Church Audio Basics Coming to the Duluth Area

Church Audio Basics

mixerJoin us on February 25, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Hermantown for Church Audio Basics taught by Jay Beech. This course focuses on an important worship tool that is used by almost all churches – sound systems. Regardless of worship style, church P.A. systems can be a source of enormous frustration. This introductory course is designed for musicians, Sunday morning audio engineers, and anyone else who needs to understand the basics of sound system operations. If you’ve ever felt like your sound system is more of a distraction than an asset, we can help! No previous experience is required.

Click here for more information and to register.

School for Lay Ministry

Jay will be teaching at the School for Lay Ministry in Fargo, ND on March 4 at Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Sponsored by the Eastern North Dakota and Northwestern Minnesota Synods.

Creating Worship Vitality in Any Setting

What are the essential components that bring life – vitality – to worship? How does this differ based on context, history, and congregation size? What can leaders do to enhance both the meaning and the experience of worship?

Jay Beech will convene a conversation with participants around these questions. He will report on the early findings of the Study and Enrichment of Worship and Music in Small-Member Congregations currently being conducted by The Center for Worship & Music Studies in six synods of Region 3 – ELCA. The day will also include interviews with leaders from congregations of various sizes in Eastern North Dakota and Northwestern Minnesota Synods that experience vibrant and life-giving worship.

Come expecting both affirmation and challenge as we worship, sing, and learn together.

Click here for more information and to register.

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!