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The Worship and Music conference is an intergenerational conference for children, youth, & adults,  who serve as pastors, directors, instrumentalists, ringers, worship leaders, choir members, or anyone who loves to sing, play, learn, worship, and fellowship.

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In person : June 18 - 23, 2023
In person & online : June 25 - 30, 2023
Montreat Conference Center
Montreat, North Carolina

Our Story

In the gospel of John a Samaritan woman goes to the well for refreshment and has a life changing encounter with Jesus. Similarly, each year conferees gather for refreshment, renewal and relaxation, drawing from the metaphorical well that is the PAM Worship and Music Conference at Montreat, a well overflowing with wisdom and knowledge.

Conference Faculty

Our Story

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Larissa Kwong Abiaza



Steve Prince


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Jason Max Ferdinand

Adult Choir Clinician


Sandra Eithun

Handbell Co-Director

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Mark Britt

Instrumental Ensemble Director

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Rachel Doll

Youth Small Groups & Activities

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Sarah Abushakra

Senior Choir Accompanist


Clark Simmons 

Retirement Seminar Leader

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Kendra Buckwalter Smith


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William P. Brown

Adult Bible Study

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Mark Burrows

Children's Choir Clinician

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Brian Childers

Handbell Co-Director

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Phil Kent

Instrumental Ensemble Assistant Director

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Liz Perraud

GenOn Ministries

Children's Bible Study

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Jonathan Crutchfield

Adult Choir Accompanist


Eric Wall

Service Musician

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David Gambrell

Adult Seminar

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Elisa Dekaney

Senior High Choir Clinician

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Nathaniel Gumbs

Organ Recitalist

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Josh Dekaney

Drumming Seminar

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Suzie Lane

GenOn Ministries

Children's Bible Study

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John Tyson

Children's/Middler Choir Accompanist

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Tony McNeill

Service Musician

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David Bjorlin

Routley Lecturer

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Victor Johnson

Davis Flohr Middler

Choir Clinician


James Wells

Children's Music

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Aaron Doll

Photography/Film Seminar


Ginny Soll

Children's Bible Study Assistant

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Elizabeth Myers

Conference Administrator

Meet The Team

Daily Schedule & Classes

Senior Highs - completed 9th-12th

7:30 am        Morning Prayer

8:00 am      Chamber Choir

 Organ Service Playing Seminar

 Beginning Handbells

 Instrumental Ensembles

 Global Drumming

9:00 am        Small Groups

10:00 am      Choir

11:00 am        Worship

12:15 pm         Lunch

1:30 pm         Global Drumming

  Advanced Handbells

  Organ Master Class

  Instrumental Chamber         Ensemble

  Photography as Worship

  Chamber Choir

2:30 pm        Choir

Optional Intergenerational Classes:

3:30 pm       Global Drumming

 Intermediate Handbells

 Service Playing Seminar

 Art Workshop

 Instrumental Chamber  Ensemble

4:30 pm       Photography as Worship

 Beginning Handbells

 Art Workshop

Beginning Hymn Writing Lab

Middlers - completed 6th - 8th

7:30 am       Morning Prayer

8:00 am       Photography as Worship

  Organ Service Playing Seminar

  Beginning Handbells

  Global Drumming

9:00 am       Choir

10:00 am      Small Groups

11:00 am       Worship

12:15 pm        Lunch

1:30 pm         Choir

2:30 pm       Global Drumming

 Middler Instrumental Ensemble

 Photography as Worship

 Fun & Games

Optional intergenerational classes: 

3:30 pm       Global Drumming

 Service Playing Seminar

4:30 pm       Photography as Worship

  Beginning Handbells

Children - completed 3rd - 5th

7:30 am        Morning Prayer

8:00 am       Fun & Games



9:00 am       Fun & Games



10:00 am      Choir

11:00 am        Worship

12:15 pm         Lunch

1:30 pm        Fun & Games



2:30 pm         Choir

Optional Intergenerational Classes:


3:30 pm        Global Drumming

4:30 pm        No classes



Children ages 6 months - completed 2nd grade are invited to attend the Montreat Clubs program. More information on Clubs registration, rates, and programming can be found at

2:30 pm               Adult Choir

Handbell Technique Seminar

Adult Bible

Liturgy Seminar

3:30 pm               Global Drumming

Intermediate Handbells

Service Playing Seminar

Art Workshop

Instrumental Chamber Ensemble

Reading Sessions

Routley Lecture

4:30 pm               Photography as Worship

Beginning Handbells

Art Workshop

Beginning Hymn Writing Lab

Interest Sessions

Chamber Choir

Preaching Seminar

7:30 pm               Evening Event

Monday: Organ Recital (to be held at First Presbyterian Church, Asheville)

Tuesday: Youth Talent Show

Wednesday: Hymn Festival

Thursday: Chamber Choir Concert

Friday: Closing Concert

15 minutes after Evening Event ends : Evening Prayer



Registration Category                                                         Early             On-Time           Late

Adult - PAM Member                                                        $330              $380               $430

Adult - Non-Member                                                         $505              $555               $605

Children and Youth                                                              $290              $340               $390

Chaperone                                                                             $50                $50                  $50

Supporting Adult (church group drivers, cooks, etc.)    $50                $50                  $50

Online - PAM Member                                                      $175                $175                 $175

Online - Non-Member                                                      $250               $250               $250

Early Registration: December 1 - January 31

On-Time Registration: February 1 - April 30

Late Registration: After April 30

Conference Lodging & Meals

Lodging and meals are arranged and purchased separately from Worship and Music Conference registration and are not coordinated by PAM. Housing is available through Montreat Conference Center and privately owned housing for rent. Learn more on the Lodging and Meals page. 


Lodging and Meals

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When does the conference begin and end?

The Worship and Music Conference is a one week conference that takes place twice, back-to-back weeks at Montreat Conference Center. The in-person conference begins for week one Sunday, June 18th and for week two Sunday, June 25th with opening worship at 7:30pm in Anderson Auditorium. The online conference, which is a livestream of many of the offerings in the week two conference, begins Sunday, June 25th with opening worship at 7:30pm. The conference ends Friday of the conference week after the closing concert. 

Is lodging included in my registration?

No, lodging and meals are not included in your registration. Arrangements for lodging and meals must be made separately from registration. You can arrange lodging with Montreat Conference Center or with privately owned housing for rent. The PAM office does not make these arrangements.

What's the cancellation policy for my registration fee?

All but $50 of in-person registration fee may be refunded up to April 30th. On May 1st or later, no refunds will be issued without a doctor’s note that documents illness or significant hardship or risk in attending the conference. All cancellation requests must be in writing and received via email ( or U.S. Mail (Presbyterian Association of Musicians, 404 BNA Dr. Suite 650, Nashville, TN 37217). Payments by check will be refunded after the conclusion of the conferences (by July 31st). No refunds will be issued for the online conference registration fee.

What are the Covid-19 protocols for the in-person conference?

For the most up-to-date Covid-19 protocols, check the Health and Safety page. 

For more FAQs check out the Conference Information and FAQs page.

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