Sacred Music & Worship Summer Workshop 2017 – Pacific Northwest

Challenges to Worship in a Post-Election Church - Pacific NW

Sunday-Monday, August 13-14, 2017

The 2017 Sacred Music and Worship Summer Workshop celebrates the importance of worship in an environment where Christian community can be an antidote to division and fragmentation experienced elsewhere. To that end, “Challenges to Worship in a Post-Election Church” brings leaders of worship and music to reflect on calling and tasks for leadership in this critical time. The wisdom of gifted presenters will be augmented by sharing of attendees for best practices and opportunity to ask questions.

Some that can be raised: Has the election created a divide in your congregation? What stresses are created for pastoral and musical leaders? How do these challenges shape preaching and musical leadership? Does the table challenge or welcome in this current environment? What role does music play and how should it be chosen? How can worship prepare us to be salt and light in a world in need of the Gospel?

A special opportunity is offered for all choral singers on Sunday evening, August 13, for a “Choral Sing through the Church Year” led by gifted conductors, to explore both familiar and new repertoire that will shape the liturgical experience. Registration is optional for Sunday only, or comes automatically with registration for Monday. Groups from one church receive a discount.
Don’t miss the chance to learn, to worship, to sing, to be transformed!

The Workshop is co-sponsored by the Church Music Institute and the Association for Reformed & Liturgical Worship.



michael borwn photoReverend A. Michael Brown, retired Presbyterian Pastor is now involved in a Lutheran congregation in Vancouver, WA.  Michael has served churches in Montana, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia, created and led worship for summer conferences, written liturgy for the closing of a congregation and the 2016 General Assembly meeting of the PC(USA), taught classes on the liturgy, and the sacraments, brews beer, loves to explore the sounds of a piano and sometimes wonders, “How do we make the liturgy work? “

ken evers-hoodRev. Dr. Ken Evers-Hood graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary and earned his Doctor of Ministry from Duke Divinity School. Ken started the Presbyterian Church of Lake Travis outside Austin, TX and has served as the pastor of Tualatin Presbyterian Church for the last 13 years. In 2016 Ken released his first book, he Irrational Jesus: Leading the Fully Human Church. When Ken isn’t writing or pastoring, he can probably be found on a soccer field watching one of his three kids or on a trail somewhere in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

linda stewart-kalenRev. Linda Stewart-Kalen is Pastor of Colonial Heights Prebyterian Church. Ordained an elder in 1989, she graduated from San Francisco Theological Seminary where she produced a video for the World Council of Churches on the effects of racism in the U.S., provided training in an Alban Institute project on church conflict & pastoral leadership, and facilitated daily worship. She was called to Colonial Heights in 2005. She says "In prayer, reflection and worship, God most often touches me through music. I enjoy enthusiastic congregational singing and stretching my music literacy skills singing alto in our church choir."

Margaret Evans.1 (2)Dr. Margaret Evans, Professor Emerita of Music at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, OR, is creator of the Sacred Organ eLibrary database. She earned her D.M.A. degree at the Eastman School and served 4 years as AGO Vice President. Since she started buying organ music she has kept an index of pieces by hymn tune, and used this index every week throughout her church ministries of 45 years. It is the perfect qualification for curator of the new organ library!

greg homzaMr. Gregory R. Homza, AAGO, has served as Director of Music Ministries at First Presbyterian Church, Portland, since December 2012. Greg completed course requirements for the degree of Doctor of Music in Organ and Church Music at Indiana University, where he also earned a Master's degree in organ performance and a Bachelor's degree in cello performance.

Todd PrickettDr. Todd Prickett is Director of Music and Choirmaster at University Christian Church in Ft. Worth, TX, where he conducts the Chancel Choir, three handbell choirs, and provides oversight for the children’s choir program.  He has enjoyed a variety of music leadership roles within churches and higher education, previously serving at First Presbyterian Church in Tuscaloosa, AL, and the University of Arkansas. Recent conducting performances include Ola Gjeilo’s Sunrise Mass, Bach’s St. John Passion, Mozart’s Requiem, and the world premiere of Donald Patriquin’s Titanic Requiem.



Special Film Presentation

Sacred Sound is a documentary film of one summer week when 50 ordinary American girls learn to sing extraordinary music in the manner of the great cathedral choirs. The girls come from all across the U.S. and must be recommended by the school or church choir director. They come from a wide range of backgrounds, some never having been away from home. For one week the girls live in the residence halls of Saint Mary’s School in Raleigh, NC. Throughout the week the girls rehearse under the direction of David Hill who conducts the BBC Singers and the London Bach Choir. He prepares them to sing for Sunday worship services. But more than just learning their music, the girls are being formed spiritually and intellectually as they participate in devotions, activities, and fun and games throughout the week. Before long, the girls become something much larger than their individual selves, making the music come alive through the very breath of their being. Robin Arcus is the director and producer of Sacred Sound. Robin’s husband, David Arcus, was the organist for the Carolina Course and was at Duke University as their Chapel Organist for 30 years. Sacred Sound was created to share with the broadest possible audience the life-changing beauty of sacred music. We are fortunate to include a screening of Sacred Sound here at our workshop. DVDs are available and include the 60-minute movie as well as interviews with David Hill, John Rutter, Richard Webster, Ben Hutto and others. DVDs can be purchased for a suggested donation of $20, available at the workshop.


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And remember. . . the Choral Sing comes automatically with Workshop Registration.

Ticket Prices
CMI Workshop Registration$95.00
CMI Membership + Workshop Registration$170.00
Non-Member of CMI or AR&LW: Workshop Registration$145.00
AR&LW Member Registration$95.00
AR&LW Membership + Workshop Registration$170.00
Choral Singer Registration (Sunday only)$10.00
Monday Box Lunch$12.00
Location Calvin Presbyterian Church
10445 SW Canterbury Lane
Tigard, OR 97224 503-639-3273
Hosted By Church Music Institute
7557 Rambler Road, Suite 420
Dallas, Texas 75231
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