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Unprecedented Offerings for Music in Worship at Dallas Conference

Dear ACDA friends,
Our upcoming National Conference in Dallas will offer levels of information and inspiration that congregational musicians have only imagined before. Here are a few highlights:
  • The opening concert will feature John Rutter conducting our first Music in Worship Festival Chorus in a concert celebrating the 30th anniversary of his edition of the Fauré Requiem, and the 10th anniversary of his Mass of the Children.
  • John Rutter will also lead a Reading Session of his music, and give an Interest Session on his life as a composer.
  • The Ecumenical Service will feature the Songmen of Great Britain, the Palmetto Voices of South Carolina, and the choir of the First United Methodist Church of Dallas, accompanied by a Chamber Orchestra. It will be an entirely musical program, which leads us through the church year.
  • The choir of Highland Park Presbyterian Church will give a concert during the conference, the first church choir to be chosen for a concert in many years.
Once again, our Saturday will be devoted to a Music in Worship Immersion Day. It will include:
  • Reading Session - including new pieces conducted by their composers: Andre Thomas, Dan Gawthrop, Michael John Trotta, Rosephanye Powell, Bob Chilcott; and "Tried and True" pieces you'll be glad to remember.
  • Roundtable Discussion - We'll divide into three groups, those entering their career, those in mid-career, and those nearing retirement. Each will be led in a discussion of issues related to that career stage.
  • Interest Sessions - including two sessions on church Youth Choir, a session on Techniques for Smaller Choirs, a session on how we Re-envision the Music of the Church in the 21st Century, and an unprecedented 2-hour session on the Music of Jewish Worship.
  • Concert - Immersion Day will feature a one-hour concert by the touring ensemble of the Sistine Chapel Choir, featuring music from throughout their unparalleled history.
And, of course, these events in the Music in Worship area complement an array of concerts and interest sessions throughout the conference that include the Britten War Requiem, a concert by the choirs of our armed services commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, the Tallis Scholars, and dozens of others.
In order to receive reading session packets, please register by Feb. 10!
Terre Johnson
National Chair for Music in Worship
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