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Bwst association to join

I recently took a position where I have both traditional, children's and contemporary choirs.  Aside from ACDA what is the best church-music association to join that might give me help with all three?  Does anyone know of any good conferences that will help with  music in worship--it's been a long time since I've done this.
on July 22, 2013 11:51am
Hi, Susan --
I think most major denominations have their own associations for musicians.  For example, the United Methodist Church has FUMMWA (Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts: ) So that's the first place I'd look.
And most of these organizations have annual conferences: several days of meetings and seminars (and music readings) to help you prepare your groups for leading worship.
Good luck in your new assignment ...
Lana Mountford
Bellingham, WA
on July 22, 2013 12:41pm
Lana's advice is good.  You did not state your denomination, but if you are generally mainline Protestant, the folks at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship are doing excellent things.  Check out their January worship/music conference in Grand Rapids.  They also publish a lovely journal, "Reformed Worship."  St. Olaf sponsors a good summer conference.  (They're doing something in Florida in January, I believe, in addition to their long time summer events.  Google them....)  Each year in the late winter/early spring edition of the Choral Journal, ACDA publishes a compendium of summer conferences, which you might look for.  Presbyterians do a summer conference in Montreat, NC as do the Methodists at Lake Junaluska, NC.  A  number of church musicians attend Rene Clausen's summer "Choir School."  (I think it's good--more on music than ministry, but a great refresher as to rehearsal technique, etc.)  
Hope this helps,
Tom Brown
Austin, TX
on July 26, 2013 9:10am
Thanks for the great leads!  Ididn't mention that our church is inter-denominational, which means we do have a little bit of everything, baptist, society of friends, presbyterian, methodist, UCC, catholic, among others.  I guess I need an ecumenical musical group that includes contemporary worship as well.
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