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Conference Information



Opening Worship. The Conference will officially kick off with worship at 7:30PM on Sunday in Anderson Auditorium.

Sunday Check-In.  Pick up conference materials and check-in in Upper Anderson on Sunday from 2:00-5:00PM or at the conclusion of evening worship. If you are unable to come to Sunday Check-in during those hours, your materials will be held for you in the PAM office. Parking is available in front of Anderson Auditorium, and all parking in Montreat is free. View a map of Montreat here.


Forms to Bring. Make sure to bring your completed Montreat Location Information Form with you to Sunday Check-in.

What to Bring. All conference sessions and services are informal. Some choose to dress up more for the Thursday and Friday evening concerts, but that is entirely up to you. The temperature in the mountains can vary greatly, and in general it will be warm. Choose comfortable clothing - comfortable shoes for walking and a sweater or jacket and long pants for cool mornings and evenings. An umbrella or rain jacket is a must since afternoon thunderstorms are common in the mountains. The Montreat Store has sweatshirts and rain jackets for sale.

What to bring for Children's Fun and Games. Children will need closed toe shoes for rock hopping on Tuesday.

Middlers will need tennis/soft soled shoes on Monday, closed toe shoes on Tuesday, sunscreen on Wednesday, and a swimsuit and towel on Thursday.

Auditions.  All auditions are open Sunday 2:00-5:00PM and following worship until 9:30PM.

Locations as follows:

Children and Youth Talent Show. Walkup (see note about youth talent show below)

Adult Chamber Choir. Convocation Hall

Senior High Chamber Choir. Assembly Inn 1

Auditioned Advanced Handbells. Convocation 1 (below Convocation Hall)

Instrumental interviews. Assembly Inn room 218

Auditions are both walk-up and sign-up. Please honor audition times that have been reserved. 


Audition results will be posted at and on the sliding doors to Assembly Inn.

Children and Youth Talent Show. Get your group together or prepare your solo piece for the talent show! Sing, dance, play an instrument - however you’d like to showcase your talent. Children and youth may audition Sunday afternoon 2:00-5:00PM and following opening worship until 9:30PM in Walkup. 


Evening Childcare.  The deadline to sign up for evening childcare is Sunday evening. See Montreat Clubs staff in the lobby of Anderson Auditorium from 3:00-5:00PM or sign up online.

Reserve a bus ticket. The Monday evening organ concert will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Asheville (40 Church Street). Bus tickets are available for purchase for $10/person. The bus will leave the Assembly Inn parking lot at 6:00pm and return following the concert. Purchase a ticket here



Conference Book. Your conference book contains all worship bulletins, class and evening event schedules and programs, PAM information, sponsor advertisements, conference center and Montreat town information, a Conference Center map, and so much more. Make sure to have it with you at all times and write your name and contact info on the cover, so it can be returned to you if lost. 


Daily Notes. The Daily Notes will be sent via email and uploaded in the conference app every day and will contain important information not included in the Conference Book such as audition results, pop-up seminars and concerts, class schedule and room revisions, art and instruments for sale, etc. 


Conference App.  You won’t want to miss announcements, class and schedules changes, and info on pop up events, which will be made known via the YAPP app. Download YAPP from Google Play or the Apple Store. Use the conference id WM23 to access the conference.



If you are reading this on a smartphone, click the above Yapp icon. If you are using a computer, use your smartphone's camera to scan the QR code above. Need help? Someone will be happy to assist you at Sunday check-in or in the PAM conference office.

Social Media.  Share the good word about the conference with your friends! Use the hashtags #PresbyMusic and #MontreatWM23 and tag the Presbyterian Association of Musicians (@presbymusic) on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Name Badges.  Please wear your name badge at all times. This is your ticket to all conference events. 



Medical Care.  There is a First Aid station located on the upper level of the Allen Building, behind Anderson Auditorium. A healthcare professional is on duty Monday-Friday 8:30AM-1:00PM and 1:30-4:30PM. Emergency: Please call 911. There are walk-in clinics and doctors’ offices in Black Mountain. The nearest ER is in Asheville, approximately 20 minutes away.

COVID. If you test positive for Covid while attending the conference, notify the PAM Office via text at 828-275-7362. Participants who test positive for Covid while attending the in-person conference are required to recuse themselves from participating in the remainder of the conference and are encouraged to return home.


You can find most up to date protocols and more detailed information on the Health & Safety page.


Pastors On-Call.  If you’d like to talk to the conference pastor on call, contact the PAM conference office (828-275-7362) or any member of the planning team. They will have the on-call pastor get in touch with you.

Week 1: Bill Neely, Week 2: Wanda Neely

Communion.  The Eucharist will be celebrated by intinction during worship on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. Bread that is free from gluten, milk, peanuts, fish, crustacean shellfish, soy, tree nuts, and wheat will be offered at each station and a wafer that is free of gluten, wheat, dairy, nuts, egg, soy, and corn will be available at a single station at the front of the auditorium.


For those wishing not to come forward for communion out of caution for Covid, there will be a limited number of pre-packaged communion elements available in the front lake side of the Auditorium near the allergen-free station prior to worship. For intinction, communion servers will use hand sanitizer prior to serving, and conferees are encouraged to do the same. The communion servers will hand the piece of bread to the recipient who will dip their piece of bread into the cup.


Conference Offerings. Two offerings will be collected during conference:


Wednesday evening for the PAM Scholarship Fund. In 2022 scholarships were awarded totaling $6,060 to adults and young adults and $1,680 to children & youth. These scholarships help offset the cost of attending PAM conferences and events.


Friday evening for the PAM Annual Fund. The annual fund supports the ministry of PAM, including conferences, membership, certification, and more.


You may give in-person, online, or via text by texting 833-567-4296.

Exhibit Hall. The exhibits will be open both weeks and exhibitors are encouraged to be at their tables at the following times:


Wednesday from 9:30-11:00AM and 6:30-8:30PM

Thursday from 9:30-11:00AM and 6:30-9:30PM* 

Friday from 9:30-11:00AM and 6:30-8:30PM


*PAM sponsored ice cream reception for all conferees in the exhibit hall immediately following the Chamber Choir Concert.


Drop by to learn more about our sponsors. You will find them in the lobby of Anderson Auditorium. 

Member and Donor Reception. The second annual Beer and Hymns member and donor reception will be held Tuesday evening June 20th and 27th at 8:30PM at the Railyard (141 Richardson Blvd, Black Mountain, NC). Mark your calendar for this can’t miss event!

Chaperone Questions.  Chaperones are crucial to the health and safety of our children and youth during the conference, and we are grateful for you! If you are attending the conference and registered as a chaperone, you will attend all of your assigned classes. If you have any questions, there will be an opportunity to speak with a conference co-director immediately following opening worship Sunday night at the back of Anderson Auditorium.


First Time Attendee Questions.  Immediately following opening worship Sunday night, a PAM staff member will be available at the front of Anderson Auditorium to answer your questions.


Allen Building, lower level, behind Anderson Auditorium. Hours are:

Monday                       7:30-10:50AM and 1:30-4:30PM

Tuesday-Friday           8:00-10:50AM and 1:30-4:30PM




Beethoven & Company.  Allen Building A, upper level.

Sunday 2:00 - 5:00PM

Monday 8:15AM – 5:00PM

Tuesday-Thursday 8:00AM – 5:00PM

Friday 8:00AM - 2:00PM. 


Adult and Senior High Chamber Choirs must purchase their music prior to the first rehearsal on Monday morning. 


Both Adult and Senior High Chamber Choir music will be available for purchase at the entrance to Convocation Hall on Monday 7:15 - 8:00AM. Packets will not be available at the Beethoven & Company Store on Monday morning.


Jeffers Handbell Store.  Way Out Building. 

Sunday 2:00 - 5:00PM

Monday 7:30AM - 5:00PM

Tuesday-Thursday 8:00AM - 5:00PM

Friday 8:00AM - 12:00PM

Handbell participants must purchase their music prior to the first rehearsal and are to supply their own gloves and folders. 




The Galax Dining Room at Assembly Inn.  Guests staying in Montreat housing may dine in the Galax Dining Room at Assembly Inn. Unfortunately, conferees who are not staying in Montreat Conference Center housing and did not pre-purchase a meal plan are unable to dine in the dining room. There will be no walk-in dining available.


Montreat Store.  Snacks and soft drinks are available in the Montreat Store.


The Huckleberry Café.  A local gem for visitors to the Montreat Conference Center and for the local community. Serving eight flavors of ice cream, coffee, espresso drinks, burgers, chicken, salad, and fries. Plus, a small breakfast menu for those early birds. The café is newly renovated and waiting for you to visit! Located on the top floor of the Moore Center. Café Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am-9:00pm, Saturdays 8:00am-3:00pm, and closed on Sundays.

Ice Cream Reception. PAM will host an ice cream reception after the Chamber Choir Concert on Thursday evening on the Anderson Auditorium porch.



Evening events and worship will be open to the public. 

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