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Adult Classes

CEU  Indicates that a course or session can be counted for Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

PAM Cert Indicates that a course or session counts toward specific requirements of PAM Certification

 

A Kodály-Inspired Children's Church Choir Rehearsal (Kirsten Foyles and Terri Sinclair)

The Kodály pedagogy has traditionally been utilized in school music programs. It is usually associated with secular folk music, but hymns and sacred songs are ideally suited for this methodology and therefore equally well suited to a children’s church choir rehearsal. The philosophy encourages musicianship through use of traditional song melodies, beat function rhythm syllables, and moveable-do solfège with hand signs. The goal for Kodály-inspired education is for children to develop a well-trained ear, mind, heart, and hand. Join us for rehearsal activities, singing games, and repertoire that you can use easily with your own church choirs. CEU PAM Cert IV.1&2

Adult Bible Study: How to Do Church: Lessons from Matthew 18 (Margaret Aymer) 

Using a method of study that engages body, mind, and spirit, participants will explore five themes from Matthew 18 that strengthen life together as a gathered community: welcome, self-examination, responsibility, mutual accountability, and forgiveness. CEU PAM Cert I.3

Adult Choir (Phillip Shoultz)

This choir is open to all registered Adult and Young Adult conferees. Two rehearsals each day prepare the choir to sing for worship and the Friday concert. The music packet, the cost of which is included in the registration fee, is distributed at check-in. PAM Cert IV.1&2

Art Workshop: Practices in Seeing (Lauren Wright-Pittman)

In an increasingly visually literate world, often we can be overwhelmed by images and visually overstimulated. Through the ancient Benedictine practice of visual meditation called Visio Divina, and the exploration of different artistic mediums and approaches, participants will slow down their visual processing to practice attention and will engage with the conference theme and supporting scriptural texts to create artwork together. A $15 art supply fee is required. CEU PAM Cert I.1

Chamber Choir (Phillip Shoultz)

This auditioned ensemble rehearses twice each day, Monday through Thursday. The choir sings several times during the week, including the Thursday evening Chamber Choir Concert. On-site auditions take place during Sunday check-in hours. Those selected to be in the choir must purchase a music packet from the on-site store prior to the first rehearsal on Monday morning. PAM Cert IV.1&2

 

Churches Don't Get Sued for Copyright Infringement, Do They? (Kirsten Foyles and Terri Sinclair)

Yes, they do! Like it or not, copyright law affects us all. It’s a topic we would like to avoid, but we can’t. Join us for a no-judgment, what's said in this room stays in this room environment where we discuss the ever-evolving laws that we probably think we know but really don't. Questions related to fair use of hard copy and digital musical mediums in a rehearsal or worship service will be the main focus of conversation. CEU PAM Cert II.1

 

Conducting for ALL! (Elizabeth Wilson)

In this class, Elizabeth Wilson will guide interested conductors toward fine-tuning basic conducting cues, achieving more nuanced gestural language, as well as improved rehearsal technique and pacing. A wide variety of repertoire with varying levels of difficulty will be utilized in order to meet the expected goals for the class. Students will sing as a choir for one another, as in a master class setting. Come enjoy a week of intensive learning, while growing your passion for the art of choral conducting! CEU PAM Cert IV.1&2

Evening Prayer (Meg Flannagan)

Make Sabbath time in your daily conference experience. Join us for scripture, silence, prayer, and song each evening.

Follow Me: Biblical Practices for Faithful Living (Kimber-lee Adams)

Jesus spent his time teaching disciples to follow him, embodying and practicing what it means to love God and love neighbor. Be the first to take a glimpse into our new all-church curriculum from Presbyterian Publishing Corporation by exploring the Adult Reflection Guide and discovering an aspect of five different practices (follow, welcome, confess, hope, and baptize) through Bible study, reflection, and practicing the practice. CEU

Handbells (Michael Joy)

Beginning, +Intermediate, and +Advanced handbell choirs rehearse once daily. Several choirs will play in the Friday evening concert. A music packet must be purchased from the on-site Jeffers Handbell Supply Store. Ringers must provide their own gloves and music folders. A limited supply will be available for purchase on-site.

Beginning: You are relatively new to ringing with limited handbell experience (Music level 1, 2). PAM Cert IV.1&2

Intermediate: You have rung in bell choirs before and feel moderately proficient in reading music and most handbell techniques (Music level 2+, 3+). PAM Cert IV.1&2

Advanced: You ring regularly and feel confident in all handbell techniques and upper-level performance (Music level 3+, 4+). PAM Cert IV.1&2

Hymn Festival Choir (Tom Trenney)

A new addition to our opportunities in 2021 is the Hymn Festival Choir. Open to all adults, senior highs, and middlers, we'll have three rehearsals and then provide musical leadership for the Wednesday-evening Hymn Festival. Singers must purchase a music packet from the on-site store prior to the first rehearsal on Monday afternoon. PAM Cert IV.1&2

Instrumental Ensembles (Mark Britt and Phil Kent)

These ensembles provide opportunities for instrumentalists to rehearse and perform during the conference. An on-site interview for ensemble placement is required during Sunday check-in. PAM Cert IV.1&2

Liturgy Writing Seminar (Anna George Traynham)

Liturgy has the power to weave the longings of our hearts into communal words. In short, liturgy is poetry! Join our conference liturgist, Anna George Traynham, to learn about the methods and practices she uses in writing liturgy, and try putting your own holy words onto paper. CEU PAM Cert I.1

Morning Prayer (Margaret Aymer)

Morning Prayer invites conferees of all ages to come together to pray at the beginning of the day. A quieter setting than Midday worship, morning prayer invites to us to start our days remembering that God is with us.

Organ Masterclass (Jeff Jones)
Together we will explore what it means for an organist to be “Gathered” in a faith community. How does our responsibility of leading the community in worship inform the work we do in solitude? Is there space for collaboration at the organ in community? How can we help one another be better musicians? In the course of this class we will work together to evoke the Master Teacher that resides in each of us. Bring your music and your shoes and come prepared to learn and engage with one another. CEU PPAM Cert IV.1&2

Organ Service Playing (Patrick Scott)
Exploring new and effective was to use the organ in worship. Perfecting hymn playing technique, exploring how to incorporate organ improvisation in a service whether simple or elaborate, reviewing new and old pieces of repertoire for preludes and postlude, and finessing the art of accompanying a choir. CEU PAM Cert IV.1&2

Pastors, Musicians, and Worship Preparation: A Shared Joy (Eric Wall)

Pastors and musicians share common ground in worship preparation. What makes this collaborative work thoughtful, creative, and mutual? This class will explore the different gifts we all bring to the table, practical matters like schedules and meetings, and ways the Spirit may lead us into shared vocation and joyful work. CEU PAM Cert I.1

Preaching, Teaching... Same thing, right? (Cecelia Armstrong)

Whether it was because of Jesus’ preaching or teaching, people gathered when Jesus spoke. While Jesus spoke, hearts and minds changed, and lessons were learned. Dr. Walter Brueggemann said, “Telling parables was one of Jesus’ revolutionary activities, for parables are subversive re-imagining of reality.  These stories haunt us and push us in directions we never thought we would go.” Although parables are bearers of a religious vision, their content is not necessarily drawn from the religious life, but from the everyday world. Parables generate new meaning in new situations and this course will allow us to unpack parables for today.

Professional Concerns: PC or CP? (Karrie Rushing and Anne Wilson)

No, we’re not talking about what’s politically correct! Let’s talk about what Professional Concerns you might have or what to do if you are a Concerned Professional!

 

Possible Topics include:

  • What is the church looking for and what gifts do I have to offer?

  • Building Staff Relationships – how to do collaborative worship planning

  • What’s in your tool kit?

  • How to go beyond more than an adult choir on Sunday mornings

  • How to mold choirs into connected communities who cares for one another

CEU PAM Cert II.1

Prophecy, Poetry, and the Work of the People (Chad Wright-Pittman)

The 8th century prophets and many modern poets have at least one thing in common: they know how to effectively use metaphor, symbolism, and poetic language to communicate about deeper and higher ideals... Let's take a look at both ancient and modern uses of poetry and see how they might inform our worship today, in hopes of flexing and stretching our own prophetic muscles that we might point toward God's vision of justice for the world. CEU PAM Cert I.1

Reading Sessions

Children's Choir Reading Session - Monday, 3:30 pm

Adult Choir Reading Session - Tuesday, 3:30 pm (Phillip Shoultz)

Handbell Reading Session  - Tuesday, 6:30 pm

Youth Choir Reading Session - Wednesday, 3:30 pm

Adult Choir Reading Session - Thursday, 3:30 pm (Tom Trenney)

Routley Lectures: "And May God Give Us Faith to Sing Always" (Tom Trenney)

The 2021 Routley lectures explore our vocation as conductors, teachers, performers, composers, poets, and pastoral musicians who gather communities to faithfully offer our prayer, praise, poetry, psalm, silence, and song. We will reflect upon the way music reveals the meaning of sacred texts as we discover how purposeful singing unites our hearts and souls in beloved community.  We will reaffirm the purpose of our music ministry: to inspire our congregation's singing as an expression of faith; and to nurture our congregation's faith that we may sing always. CEU PAM Cert I.1

Taking it to the Church: Adapting Big Conference Ideas to Local Congregations (Meg Flannagan)

Ever wonder how these BIG Montreat ideas would work in your congregation? This class is for you! We will explore ways to implement daily worship components into small and medium-sized congregations. Through discussion, movement, and song, we will deconstruct the conference into simple, portable, and practical options. Pastors, musicians, and all pew-sitters are welcome! CEU PAM Cert I.1

Worship Reflections (Worship Team)

Worship Reflections gives conferees a behind-the-scenes understanding of how our worship services are planned and implemented with the intent of helping conferees take ideas, approaches, and understanding home to assist in enhancing worship in congregations "back home." The moderator leads discussion and fields questions for our panel comprising the preacher, the liturgist, the visual artist, and the organist. CEU PAM Cert I.1&2

Senior High Classes

 

Senior High conferees are entering sophomores through graduating seniors.

All Senior High conferees enroll in the following two core classes:

Youth Choir (Elizabeth Wilson)

Choir rehearses twice daily to prepare for singing for worship and the Friday concert. The music packet, the cost of which is included in the registration fee, is distributed at check-in.

Youth Small Groups (Grier Booker Richards, Facilitator)

Small groups are designed to give youth a smaller group of conferees to connect with! Small group curriculum will focus on fellowship and the exploration of scriptural themes from the conference through art, games, and guided conversations. The goal? To learn more about God and one another in a space that is safe and fun.

Senior high conferees may choose up to three electives.

Art Workshop: Practices in Seeing (Lauren Wright-Pittman)

In an increasingly visually literate world, often we can be overwhelmed by images and visually overstimulated. Through the ancient Benedictine practice of visual meditation called Visio Divina, and the exploration of different artistic mediums and approaches, participants will slow down their visual processing to practice attention and will engage with the conference theme and supporting scriptural texts to create artwork together. A $15 art supply fee is required.

Beginner Guitar for Worship Leadership (Chad Wright-Pittman)

We’ll ascertain where the participants are in their guitar skills and learn together some basic concepts that can help with worship leadership and guitar accompaniment.

Chamber Choir (Phillip Shoultz)

This auditioned ensemble rehearses twice each day, Monday through Thursday. The choir sings in worship and at the Thursday evening Chamber Choir Concert. On-site auditions take place during Sunday check-in hours. Those selected to be in the choir must purchase a music packet from the on-site store prior to the first rehearsal on Monday morning.

Handbells (Michael Joy)

Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced handbell choirs rehearse once daily. Several choirs will play in the Friday evening concert. A music packet must be purchased from the on-site Jeffers Handbell Supply Store. Ringers must provide their own gloves and music folders. A limited supply will be available for purchase on-site.

Beginning: You are relatively new to ringing with limited handbell experience (Music level 1, 2).

Intermediate: You have rung in bell choirs before and feel moderately proficient in reading music and most handbell techniques (Music level 2+, 3+).

Advanced: You ring regularly and feel confident in all handbell techniques and upper-level performance (Music level 3+, 4+).

Hymn Festival Choir (Tom Trenney)

A new addition to our opportunities in 2021 is the Hymn Festival Choir. Open to all adults, senior highs, and middlers, we'll have three rehearsals and then provide musical leadership for the Wednesday-evening Hymn Festival. Singers must purchase a music packet from the on-site store prior to the first rehearsal on Monday afternoon.

 

Living SCRIPTure - A Drama and Storytelling Offering (Ruth Sall)

Through acting, movement, and improvisation, we will explore ways to share stories, both familiar and new to us, from the Bible. We will build a repertoire of expression, storytelling, and creative movement. The workshop will include games and activities that help participants learn more about acting, dramatic reading, creative expression, and sharing the word of God in performance. We will offer our dramatic talents as part of worship in the week.

Yoga  - All Levels (Krista Wright)

If you are an experienced yogi or just up for trying something new and fun, join morning yoga!  Krista will guide you through a series of poses to move every muscle, and also give you some chill time in meditation. Please bring a mat. 

 

Youth Instrumental Ensembles (Mark Britt and Phil Kent)

These ensembles provide opportunities for instrumentalists to rehearse and perform during the conference. An on-site interview for ensemble placement is required during Sunday check-in.

Middler Classes

 

Middler conferees are entering 7th graders through entering 9th graders.

All Middler conferees enroll in the following two core classes:

Youth Choir (Elizabeth Wilson)

Choir rehearses twice daily to prepare for singing in worship and the Friday concert. A music packet, the cost of which is included in the registration fee, is distributed on-site at check-in.

 

Youth Small Groups (Grier Booker Richards, Facilitator)

Small groups are designed to give youth a smaller group of conferees to connect with! Small group curriculum will focus on fellowship and the exploration of scriptural themes from the conference through art, games, and guided conversations. The goal? To learn more about God and one another in a space that is safe and fun.

 

Middler conferees may choose up to three electives.

Beginner Guitar for Worship Leadership (Chad Wright-Pittman)

We’ll ascertain where the participants are in their guitar skills and learn together some basic concepts that can help with worship leadership and guitar accompaniment.

Mind, Body, and Soles! (Grier Booker Richards)

Loving God, loving neighbor, and loving ourselves is a whole body experience! It’s not just something we think about or talk about: it’s something we do. Looking for a way to put your faith into action? Join Grier for this multi-sensory, all-in experience of “play-ology,” where we will use the wonders of nature and the wonders of who we are to build community and to grown in our faith together.

 

Fun and Games (Montreat Staff)

Games and other activities in the outdoor beauty of Montreat.

 

Hymn Festival Choir (Tom Trenney)

A new addition to our opportunities in 2021 is the Hymn Festival Choir. Open to all adults, senior highs, and middlers, we'll have three rehearsals and then provide musical leadership for the Wednesday-evening Hymn Festival. Singers must purchase a music packet from the on-site store prior to the first rehearsal on Monday afternoon.

Living SCRIPTure - A Drama and Storytelling Offering (Ruth Sall)

Through acting, movement, and improvisation, we will explore ways to share stories, both familiar and new to us, from the Bible. We will build a repertoire of expression, storytelling, and creative movement. The workshop will include games and activities that help participants learn more about acting, dramatic reading, creative expression, and sharing the word of God in performance. We will offer our dramatic talents as part of worship in the week.

Youth Handbells (Michael Joy)

These handbell classes are offered for Middlers with or without previous handbell experience. A music packet must be purchased from the on-site Jeffers Handbell Supply store. Ringers must provide their own gloves and music folders. A limited supply will be available for purchase on-site.

Youth Instrumental Ensembles (Mark Britt and Phil Kent)

Orchestra, band, or other instrumentalists will rehearse once daily and may play for conference events. An on-site interview is required during Sunday check-in.

Yoga  - All Levels (Krista Wright)

If you are an experienced yogi or just up for trying something new and fun, join morning yoga!  Krista will guide you through a series of poses to move every muscle, and also give you some chill time in meditation. Please bring a mat. 

 

Children's Classes

 

Children conferees are entering 4th graders through entering 6th graders.

All children conferees enroll in the following classes:

Children's Bible Study: Gathering with Jesus

Children will experience the Bible story of the day in a variety of ways, play with symbols from the stories, and learn ways of walking with Jesus that they can do at home.

Children's Choir (Nathan Crabtree)

Choir rehearses twice daily to prepare for singing in worship and the Friday concert. A music packet, the cost of which is included in the registration fee, is distributed on-site at check-in.

Fun and Games (Montreat Staff)

Games and other activities in the outdoor beauty of Montreat.

 

Children's Art 

Children will use a variety of mediums to explore the conference theme and daily Scriptures through both individual and communal art projects.

Children's Music: Gathering Grooves and Games (Nathan Crabtree)

Children will explore the conference theme of Gathering to learn songs, chants, and GROOVES which can be taken home and played as opening for worship services, amplification of scripture, exploration of sound, and musical fellowship. Along the way we'll play some fun games, get to know each other as a class, and celebrate the miracle and privilege of gathering after being apart for so long.