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Understanding Nashville Numbers: Combining Functional Harmonic Theory with Chord Notation (Nathan Burggraff, Assistant Professor of Music Theory, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary)
The Nashville Number system is a useful way of notating harmonic progressions, similar to chord charts, while showing musical function within that progression, similar to Roman numerals. This session will explain how the Nashville Number system works and demonstrate its usefulness for solo and ensemble playing in church settings.
Reharmonizing Melodies: Adding Musical Interest to Mundane Chord Progressions (Nathan Burggraff, Assistant Professor of Music Theory, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary)
While the adage "second verse, same as the first" is often true of hymn playing – particularly the harmonies being played – reharmonizing a hymn tune can be an effective way to draw attention to specific lyrics in the text. This session will provide practical tips to create text painting by reharmonizing a hymn tune, which can be used during congregational singing or for special music.
Conductor as a Visual Representation of Meaning (Ken Gabrielse, Dean and Professor of Music, Felix Manz School of Music, Truett McConnell University)
Church congregations will always respond joyfully to a choir singing with vocal/physical energy and strong facial expressions rooted in textual understanding and strong musical response. It is the role of a conductor to remind each singer to be physically and mentally engaged at all times – in rehearsal and performance. There may always be notes to fix, mechanics to teach, and voices to blend, but the congregation responds to how the choir reflects the meaning of text. This begins with the study and practice of the conductor.
Children's Choir Leadership 101: Making the Most of Every Moment (Susan Eernisse, Director of Christian Education and Children's Music, First Baptist Church, Carrollton)
Children's choir leaders teach so much more than music reading and performance preparation. Let's explore ways to incorporate spiritual truths into the fabric of rehearsals and highlight ways to direct children as worship leaders rather than performers.
Small Choir, Big Impact (Marty Parks, Composer, Arranger, Orchestrator, and Producer, Wesley Chapel)
We will examine rehearsal and performance Ideas to take your choir from puny to powerful. This session will include the greatest recruiting tool ever!
Creating a Healthy Worship Culture (Joel Goddard, Worship Pastor, Bethlehem Church)
How do you lead a congregation to worship when all you can see is the red recording light of a camera in front of you? How can you encourage your people to sing with great faith as they perhaps confront their own fears? Joel Goddard and his worship team will discuss how a healthy church worship culture can shape and influence the life of a church ministry. The session will include topics like worship team leadership, worship planning and preparation, and specifically address the cultural moment of dealing with the effects of COVID-19 on our church gatherings.
Church Online: How Media Directors can Accelerate into this New Normal (Josh McFadden, Service Programming Director, Bethlehem Church)
Six months ago, online church was an often debated topic, as the necessity of physical gatherings was pitted against a growing trend of online church attendees. During the pandemic of COVID-19, church online became the primary means of gathering for almost every church in America. This has been an unprecedented pivot in church culture and, in some capacity, it seems online church is here to stay for some time. This breakout session will be a discussion of how we, as church media teams, move forward and think well about the use of online church gatherings. How can we accelerate growth and training for volunteers and how can we increase interaction and connection to our online attendees? Join us as we discuss this critical topic.