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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

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!

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

Give to the Max Day is Here!gtmd16logoverticalcolorsafe

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.